Rassie Erasmus Responds To Reports That Donnacha Ryan Is Leaving Munster

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has revealed that Racing 92 have indeed offered the Ireland lock a deal.

Reports this morning suggest that Ryan is French bound due to the IRFU’s unwillingness to offer him a centralised contract, and it appears that is the case.

Erasmus says Munster have offered him a deal, but admits they cannot compete with the Racing offer on the table for the second-row.

“We offered him a two-year deal but I understand he has got a much better deal from Racing 92,” he said.
“I guess in the next few days we’ll understand where he stands.
“Obviously he would be a great loss to us. He’s one of our stalwarts, really a Munster man.
“It will be sad.”

The South African says he understands why Ryan is tempted by the offer.

“We must really understand it’s a professional game,” he said.
“In three years time when he retires nobody is going to say it’s a shame he stayed at Munster a year longer, but then financially is not as well off.
“We can only say good luck and all the best.”


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