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Munster bolster pack as Foley recruits Irish forwards from Edinburgh and Worcester

John Andress and Darren O’Shea are moving back to Ireland.

Prop John Andress arrives from Edinburgh.
Prop John Andress arrives from Edinburgh.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

MUNSTER HEAD COACH Anthony Foley has begun the process of strengthening his squad for next season by bringing prop John Andress and former academy lock Darren O’Shea to the province.

The pair will move to Thomond Park in the summer and will bolster Munster’s pack ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Belfast-born forward Andress, who was capped by Ireland at ‘A’ level, arrives from Scotland after spending two seasons with Edinburgh.

The Ulster native enjoyed spells at Exeter, Worcester and Harlequins previously and the 32-year-old moves to Limerick on a one-year deal.

Meanwhile, O’Shea returns to Munster after graduating from the club’s province. He moved to Worcester at the start of the 2014/15 season and has made 27 appearances for the English side this term.

The 23-year-old second-row featured for Munster’s ‘A’ side in the British and Irish Cup before moving to Sixways last year.

Foley’s charges trained in Limerick this afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s Pro12 clash with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.

Darren O'Shea Darren O'Shea. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Mark Chisholm will miss the game after suffering a concussion against Newport Gwent-Dragons earlier this month and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

There was better news on the injury front for Francis Saili (shoulder) and Tomás O’Leary (groin) who both could feature at the weekend while Denis Hurley, Peter O’Mahony and BJ Botha are all continuing their rehab programmes.

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