Munster Sign Springbok To Replace CJ Stander & Announce Contract Extensions
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Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed contract extensions for senior players Fineen Wycherley and Diarmuid Barron, the signing of Springbok Jason Jenkins, and senior contracts for the Academy quartet of Jack Daly, Josh Wycherley, Thomas Ahern and Jack Crowley.
Following confirmation of CJ Stander’s upcoming retirement, Jenkins will join the province ahead of the 2021/22 season on a one-year deal. The South African, who can play in the back or second row, is currently playing with Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League.
Before that he represented his home club the Bulls over four years, lining out with current Munster player RG Snyman, and is widely recognised for his strong ball-carrying abilities.
A former South African ‘A’ and U20s player, the 25-year-old made his Springboks debut in 2018 against Wales.
Commenting on the contract extensions and Academy promotions, Head Coach Johann van Graan said:
“We are delighted to bring through this next crop of talented players. Throughout this season in particular we have seen where and how they all add value when taking their opportunities at Munster ‘A’ and senior level. It’s exciting to oversee their continued progression as this group of ambitious young players strive for success in the red jersey and commit their futures to Munster Rugby.”
Speaking about the signing of Jason Jenkins, van Graan added:
“We’ve had to manage CJ’s recent news and look at what’s needed across our back row next season with Billy who provides cover there also retiring at the end of June.
“I’ve seen Jason’s progression through the South African ranks and while he was highly sought after, I am delighted he will be joining us this summer as I know he will make a great addition to the squad.
“Everyone is aware of the level of players we’re losing from the pack and Jason brings the required level of professionalism, physicality, and athleticism that we can draw on as he competes for his place next season.”