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Munster add to front-row options with signing of Sale Sharks prop

Ciaran Parker joins the southern province after making 12 appearances for the Aviva Premiership club.

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MUNSTER HAVE ANNOUNCED that tighthead prop Ciaran Parker has joined the province on a one-year development contract.

Parker, a native of Stockport who came through the academy at Sale Sharks, made 12 appearances for the Aviva Premiership club.

He also had a loan spell at English Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie last season. Parker’s last game in a Sale shirt was a European Champions Cup defeat to Saracens back in December.

The 21-year-old made his debut against Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup in January 2015, and played in Sale’s defeat to Munster at Thomond Park a week later.

Parker, who is Irish-qualified, was a member of the England team that won the U20 Six Nations in 2015. He also played in the side that lost narrowly to New Zealand in the U20 World Championship final in Italy later that year.

Munster travel to face Worcester Warriors in a friendly on Thursday night, before beginning their season by welcoming Benetton Treviso to Musgrave Park in the Guinness Pro14 a week on Friday.

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