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Squad & Contract Update

29th March 2016 By Munster Rugby

As Munster continue preparations for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 interprovincial away to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium we have the latest player news and can confirm the signing of former Munster academy player Darren O’Shea and former Ireland A tighthead prop John Andress.

As Munster continue preparations for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 interprovincial away to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium we have the latest player news and can confirm the signing of former Munster academy player Darren O’Shea and former Ireland A tighthead prop John Andress.

On the injury front it has been confirmed by the Munster medical team that Mark Chisholm requires an extended break from the game following the concussion he sustained against Newport-Gwent Dragons at Thomond Park earlier this month. As a result, the Australian international will play no further part in this season’s competitive action.

There was better news for Francis Saili (shoulder) who took part in modified training today. He will be assessed by medical staff post-session with a view to taking part in full-training later in the week.

""Good news also for Tomás O’Leary (groin) who suffered no ill-effects from his return to competitive action at the weekend with Denis Hurley (calf), Kevin O’Byrne (knee and calf), Peter O’Mahony (knee) and BJ Botha (knee) all continuing with their respective rehab programmes.

In contract news, former academy player Darren O’Shea will return to the province at the start of the 2016/17 season on a two-year contract. From Crosshaven, O’Shea moved to Worcester Warriors at the start of the 2014/15 season after completing one year in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and has made 27 appearances for the English side who were promoted to Premiership Rugby at the start of this season. The 23-year-old lock is a ""product of the provincial age-grades and featured for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup.

The province can also confirm that Edinburgh tighthead prop John Andress will begin a one year deal with Munster in July. Capped for Ireland at U21 and A level, the Ulster native enjoyed spells at Exeter, Worcester and Harlequins before joining Edinburgh on a two-year deal in 2014. The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for the Scottish club.

On the club front, the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy’s Tomás Quinlan, Ned Hodson, Ryan Foley and Rory Burke all featured for Cork Constitution in their 35-17 bonus point win over Terenure College at Temple Hill on Saturday, a win that sees Con climb to third on the Division 1A table. Quinlan racked up an impressive personal tally of 20 points with one try, three penalties and three conversions.

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