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Johann Van Grann Disappointed By 'Massive Loss' Of Gerbrandt Grobler

Johann Van Grann Disappointed By 'Massive Loss' Of Gerbrandt Grobler
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Having endured something of a difficult spell with Munster, the South African Gerbrandt Grobler will now leave the province at the end of this season.

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Instrumental in his side's 24-24 Pro 14 draw with Ulster this evening, Munster's head coach Johann van Graan confirmed that Grobler's contract will not be renewed.

With Tadhg Beirne set to join Munster at the end of the season from Scarlets, van Graan did not appear necessarily happy that Grobler would be moving on to Gloucester:

Yes, Gerbrandt won't be staying at Munster. I think it's a massive loss. He's a quality player. I thought that was his best 80 minutes for Munster.

I thought firstly, his primary work, his lineout defence was exceptional. I thought the way he called the lineouts in the second half, his ball carrying abilities, his fight on the ground, his defence – I thought that was a really good second-row performance from a quality individual.

Having come under immediate scrutiny for a two-year doping ban he served for steroid abuse, Munster's Mike Sharry sounded equally disappointed:

I think GG just kept his head down and kept working really hard. He's got a good few chances in recent weeks, and I think he's been outstanding. I think he's a great fella and we wish him the best of luck next year. We're sad to lose him because he's a top quality player. He's brilliant at the lineout, he's brilliant around the pitch.

Gloucester are getting a great addition. He's a great fella off the pitch as well so we will be sad to see him go.

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