New signing Oli Jager set for early Munster arrival
Munster's new signing Oli Jager is set to arrive at the province this week, and head coach Graham Rowntree hasn't ruled out the possibility of the prop making his debut on Saturday against Leinster.
The 28-year-old's move from the Crusaders to Munster was confirmed last week, with the province having tracked his progress in New Zealand for a number of years. The Kildare man played more than 50 times and won five Super Rugby titles with the Christchurch side since making his debut in 2017.
In their announcement of Jager's signing, Munster said the tighthead prop would to begin his contract at the start of December.
However, Rowntree has since clarified that the new arrival is due to link up with the squad this week, before adding that there's a chance he could be involved in the Aviva Stadium meeting with Leinster.
"We'll see. It depends if he’s been in business class or not," Rowntree smiled, after Saturday's 10-3 win against the Stormers.
"We'll see, but he’ll be on deck in some capacity at the back end of the week.
"I’ve kept an eye on him for a long time. He’s been playing in a very good set-up at the Crusaders, a good man. I think he’ll add to us, I really do."
The province will have Jean Kleyn available to return, with the second row due back in training today, having been given time off following South Africa's World Cup win.
Rowntree (above) will likely have to plan without his captain Peter O'Mahony and vice-captain Jack O'Donougue though. O'Mahony suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's win at Thomond Park, while O'Donoghue picked up an ankle knock.
Both players are set to have scans to determine the extend of the damage, although Rowntree conceded the pair are likely to be unavailable to face Leinster.