Cathal Noonan/INPHO Flanagan played nine times for Leinster.
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Munster bring in Irish second row from Saracens as injury cover
Mark Flanagan has joined the southern province on a three-month deal.

MUNSTER HAVE REINFORCED their second row options with the short-term signing of Mark Flanagan from Saracens.

The 28-year-old, who started his career with Leinster and made nine senior appearances for the province, will link up with Rassie Erasmus’ squad next week after completing a three-month move.

Flanagan, a cousin of Devin Toner, played 11 times for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership last year and arrives to bolster Munster’s options in the second row department following injuries to Gerbrandt Grobler, Dave O’Callaghan and Darren O’Shea.

Westmeath native Flanagan left Leinster in 2013 to join French Pro D2 side Mont-de-Marsan and then had a spell in the English Championship Bedford Blues before joining Saracens last year.

The 6′ 7″ lock has played for Ireland at U18, U19 and U20 levels and made his senior Leinster debut against Glasgow in 2010.

After last night’s disappointing defeat to Glasgow, Munster are next in action against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park next Saturday.

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