Munster have announced the signings of three new players, with scrumhalf Cathal Sheridan returning to the province after being released for injury reasons in the summer.
Rassie Erasmus' South African influence has seen them sign Thomas du Toit, the incredibly powerful loosehead prop, on a three-month deal. du Toit was 19-year-old when he made his Sharks Super Rugby debut, but is stuck behind Tendai "the beast" Mtawarira at the Sharks. Thomas du Toit, still 21, is one of the most powerful props in the world - and will end up being one of the best looseheads in world rugby in a few years time.
Thomas du Toit is the best loosehead I've seen at U20 level. In 2014, Paul Hill was the only tighthead that bettered him. In 2015, TdT...1/2
— Alex Shaw (@alexshawsport) May 26, 2016
23-year-old Rhys Marshall is the other newcomer to the Munster ranks. The uncapped New Zealand hooker has signed a three-year deal and will be eligible to play for Ireland after the World Cup in 2019.
Marshall had a stunning Super Rugby season in 2013 with the champions Chiefs, as a 20-year-old, but has been hit with injuries ever since. The promising talent had been on the fringes of the All Blacks in previous seasons, and his switch to Ireland could be an answer to a big problem position for Irish Rugby.
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