When Munster initially signed Jaco Taute back in September, it was supposed to be a short-term loan deal from the Stormers. The three-cap Springbok was brought in as cover for injured midfield duo Francis Saili and Sam Arnold.
Such was Taute's influence in the Munster backline, the South African's stay at the club was extended in January until the end of the season.
Taute has become a firm favourite with Munster fans, being a key part of their revival this season, whether that be at outside centre or fullback.
The 26-year-old's success left Munster in somewhat of a dilemma. Francis Saili is out of contract at the end of the season and due to limitations on overseas players set by the IRFU, the province had a decision to make: The All Black or the Springbok.
According to Cian Tracey in today's Irish Independent, Taute will be the one today stay and Saili will depart. Several English clubs, most prominently Harlequins are interested in acquiring Saili.
Saili joined Munster in 2015 from the Auckland Blues and enjoyed a successful first season. However, his progress was hampered this season by a shoulder injury.
Taute is still contracted to the Stormers but his deal runs out later this year. Munster are said to be confident of making Taute's time at Thomond Park permanent.
Picture credit: Sportsfile