RugbyPass are reporting that Munster are looking to sign one of the world's premier hookers in South Africa's Malcolm Marx, as they seek to continue to boost their squad on their quest to once again compete for European silverware.
Munster's front row is their main issue, personnel wise, and bringing in a hooker of such pedigree, along with a returning RG Snyman, would give Munster one of the strongest forward packs, on paper, in Europe.
Niall Scannell and Diarmuid Barron are both vying for the starting hooker berth at the province, but with neither being particularly important to the Irish squad, there should not be an issue from the IRFU with Munster signing a world class player in that position.
Marx is currently signed with Japanese side Kubota Spears, and is often part of South Africa's off-the-bench 'bomb squad', along with Steven Kitshoff who is coming to Ulster next season.
Malcom Marx Being Scouted By Munster
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Munster continued their upturn in form with a URC victory over the Lions last night in Musgrave Park. After the game head coach Graham Rowntree gave his thoughts and discussed the performance of Ben Healy, who recently announced his move to Edinburgh.
“I’m proud of the lads because we’ve played three games in a very short period of time,” said Rowntree.
“We want to challenge teams with the ball in hand and we’ve done a lot of training in terms of our fitness.
“I thought we did it a bit too much at times tonight. I want to have guys putting their hands done and consistently they’re leading the charge.
“I’m particularly pleased for Ben Healy, he has a lot of things going on emotionally. He’s led us there tonight and pulled us through."