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Reports: Munster Target Another Irish Full-Back To Replace Simon Zebo

Reports: Munster Target Another Irish Full-Back To Replace Simon Zebo

Munster must fill a considerable void next season, with the incipient flight of Simon Zebo.

The full-back is leaving the province for pastures abroad at the end of the season, and although the final destination has yet to be finalised, it is highly probable that Zebo will be plying his trade in the French Top 14 next year.

There has been little talk of who Munster will replace him with - much of the speculation around the club of late has focused on who may join him in leaving the province, with CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony courted by wealthy sides in England and France - but Gavin Cummiskey of The Irish Times reports this evening that the province are going to turn to another Irish full-back.

The paper report that Connacht's Tiernan O'Halloran is wanted at Thomond Park, given the dual appeal of his being out of contract at the end of the season and his undoubted talent. O'Halloran has played six times for Ireland under Joe Schmidt, catching the eye with two tries against Canada during the Autumn Internationals.

He has not impressed Schmidt in 2017, however, and was not involved in the Six Nations and this November he has seen himself slip further down the pecking order in spite of injury to Jared Payne and the defection of Zebo: Rob Kearney, Andrew Conway and Joey Carbery all appear to be preferred by Schmidt.

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Munster will reportedly face some competition for his signature, however, with Ulster also interested in swooping for O'Halloran.

[the Irish Times

See Also: Neil Francis Fumes At Rassie Erasmus For Leaving Munster "In The Shit"

Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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