Report: Munster In Talks To Sign Irish-Qualified Saracens Fullback

Report: Munster In Talks To Sign Irish-Qualified Saracens Fullback

Munster are said to be in talks to sign Matt Gallagher from Saracens.

The Rugby Paper reports that the 23-year-old is set to leave the Premiership club as they seek to slash their wage bill. Late last year, the English champions were found to have breached salary cap rules and were subsequently docked 35 points and fined £5.3 million.

The fullback is the son of All Black great John Gallagher, who won the 1987 World Cup with New Zealand. John Gallagher's parentage - his father is from Derry and his mother from Limerick - makes son Matt qualified to play for Ireland.

Matt Gallagher made his Saracens debut in 2014. He was part of the England side which won the U20 World Championship in 2016, defeating Ireland in the final.

He played against Munster last month when the Irish province won 10-3 at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup.


It is said that discussions between the two clubs are at an "advanced stage".

If he was to join, Gallagher would be in competition with another English-born Irish-qualified player for the Munster 15 jersey. Mike Haley joined from Sale in 2018. He has since won one cap for Ireland.

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