Potential Ireland Rugby World Cup Bolter Signs Deal With Munster
Munster Rugby and the IRFU have today confirmed that South African second-row Jean Kleyn has signed a three-year contract extension that will see him remain with the province until at least June 2022.
The 25-year-old lock forward joined the southern province just over two years ago and made his Munster debut in September 2016. Kleyn has scored six tries in 42 appearances so far for the Irish province.
The powerful second-row earned his first Munster Player of the Year nomination last season after an outstanding campaign that saw him make 25 appearances, including 23 starts. Kleyn becomes eligible for Ireland selection in September next year – just in time for the Rugby World Cup and has already admitted his desire to wear a green jersey.
“When I moved over (to Ireland) I knew full well that my career wouldn’t be continued in South Africa,” Kleyn told Sky Sports back in January
“I’ve laid down my roots here and I’m pretty intent on just staying here and if it happens that I do get the call-up to the Irish squad in the future, I’d love to play, but obviously that’s not set in stone or anything like that.
A potential Rugby World Cup bolter? Stranger things have happened.