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Munster announce 3 new signings including another South African addition

Scrum-half Cathal Sheridan is also returning to the province in a short-term capacity.

Rhys Marshall (right) putting Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes under pressure during their game in April.
Rhys Marshall (right) putting Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes under pressure during their game in April.
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THREE NEW SIGNINGS have been confirmed by Munster this morning, two of whom will bolster the province’s front-row options.

Rhys Marshall, a 23-year-old hooker, arrives on a three-year contract which will keep him with Munster until June 2019. He’ll be joined by South African prop Thomas du Toit and Irish scrum-half Cathal Sheridan, who have both signed three-month deals.

Marshall has represented New Zealand at U20 level and his move is subject to a work permit being granted. A native of New Plymouth, Marshall has made 22 appearances for the Chiefs, with whom he made his debut in their Super Rugby winning campaign in 2013.

Du Toit, whose loan switch is also subject to a work permit, can play as both a tighthead and loosehead prop. Currently involved in the Currie Cup with the Sharks, the 21-year-old has played for South Africa ‘A’ and the Barbarians.

The Cape Town man is expected to arrive in mid-October, when he’ll increase Munster’s South African contingent. Munster’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, a former Springbok international, has already signed signed lock Jean Kleyn and versatile back Jaco Taute from his native country.

Sheridan played 35 times for Munster between his debut in February 2013 and his release back in May. But the 27-year-old from Sligo, who plays his club rugby with UL Bohemians, has been brought back into the Munster squad in a short-term capacity.

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