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Former Australian international to replace Paul O'Connell at Munster

Mark Chisholm has joined the province on a two-year deal.

Mark Chisholm looks set to replace Paul O'Connell at Munster
Mark Chisholm looks set to replace Paul O'Connell at Munster
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MUNSTER RUGBY HAS announced the signing of former Australian international second row Mark Chisholm as the province seeks cover for the departed Paul O’Connell.

Chisholm had been in demand in France following the relegation of his former club Bayonne and will join the province subject to a medical and work permit.

The 33 year-old earned more than 100 appearances with the Brumbies in Super Rugby and earned 58 caps for Australia between 2004 and 2010 before moving to France in 2011.

Chisholm made 89 appearances for the French outfit and captained the side for three seasons.

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said of the signing:

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Mark. His skills as a player have been showcased for many seasons across a number of different environments at both club and international level.

“Known for his athleticism and physicality he will be a huge addition to the side with his abilities as a leader also proven.”

Chisholm himself added:

“My family and I have really enjoyed our time in France and we look forward to the next chapter in Ireland.

“I’ve been fortunate to play with quality players and teams throughout my career. Being able to be a part of the Munster family would be another highlight to add.

“I am looking forward to pulling on the red jersey and ripping in to adding to the prestigious history of the club.”

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