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Irish international Tuohy joins one of Munster's European opponents on loan

The second row has joined Matt O’Connor’s Leicester.

Tuohy spent seven years at Ulster.
Tuohy spent seven years at Ulster.
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MUNSTER COULD COME up against Irish international Dan Tuohy when they face Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup, after the second row joined the Premiership club on a loan deal.

The 32-year-old lock moves to Welford Road on a short-term basis from Bristol as Matt O’Connor looks to bolster his resources following injuries to Graham Kitchener and Mike Fitzgerald.

Tuohy, capped 11 times by Ireland, will be on the books at the Tigers until 31 December, and could face Munster when the two sides meet in back-to-back Pool 4 games in December.

The Bristol native moved back to England at the start of last season after spending seven years at Ulster but has yet to make an appearance this term because of a hamstring injury.

“We’ve suffered a couple of injuries at lock and, as we enter a key part of the season in the league and in Europe, we felt it was important to add to our senior players there,” Tigers head coach O’Connor said.

“Dan has played extensively in the Premiership and in the European Cup, and he brings a lot of experience into the squad at an important time.”

Bristol head coach Pat Lam added: “I was approached by Matt O’Connor, who specifically requested to bring Dan in on loan. It’s a great opportunity for him to get some game-time in the top flight and get some minutes under his belt after returning from a long term injury.

“We’ll be monitoring Dan closely during his time at Welford Road.”

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