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21st Jul 2016

REPORT: Munster finally secure 22-year-old South African lock

Nice piece of business

Patrick McCarry

Things are getting very South African down at Munster.

Munster’s new director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus has made a significant second row signing ahead of the new season, according to reports in South Africa.

Sport 24 say Munster have agreed a deal with Western Province and Stormers lock Jean Kleyn. The deal was mooted at the end of last month but personal terms have now been agreed.

Once the Stormers’ Super Rugby quarter final against the Chiefs had been secured, and with Munster’s season drawing near, the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed.

The 22-year-old has reportedly tied up a three-year deal and will link up with his new club after the conclusion of this year’s Super Rugby campaign.

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Kleyn has played 17 times for Stormers since his 2014 debut but has often found himself behind Eben Etzebeth in the pecking order at the Stormers.

Unsurprisingly, Kleyn is now expected to set his sights on representing Ireland. Depending on his Munster debut, he could be able to play for Ireland in the 2019 World Cup.

As of this morning, there has been no official confirmation of the signing from Munster but it appears to be only a matter of time.

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