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First O'Mahony - now CJ Stander's future at club questioned

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Munster have returned to training after an academy player tested positive for Covid-19.

New Munster Heach Coach Johann Van Graan tenure at Munster has started with some tough player contract headaches, as a second provincial lynch pin’s future at the club appears threatened.


Current Munster captain Pete O’Mahony is reportedly in talks with English and French clubs after rejecting an offer from the IRFU to sign a national contract past the World Cup in 2019.

O’Mahony’s current contract runs out in July.

It has also been reported that one of the French Clubs have offered O’Mahony double the salary of what the IRFU chief negotiator David Nucifora tabled.

According the Irish Times, Stander’s contract negotiations, to move from a provincial to national contract, have stalled as sources said the South African – who qualified for Ireland via residency in 2016 – could almost triple his current salary by moving to a French club.

The 27-year-old’s size and durability make him an even more enticing target for Top 14 clubs than the Munster captain. His departure from Munster would also likely lead to end of his international career with Ireland, one which he apparently cherishes.

With Zebo already announcing his departure, it is a worrying time for new head coach Johann Van Graan and the Munster supporters.

“Pete’s contracted nationally, and between Joe and David I’m sure they’re handling that,” was all the 37-year-old could say to the Irishtimes at his first media briefing.


“He’s hugely influential with Ireland and Munster rugby . . . If in any way I can help him stay with Munster I’ll do that. He’s been offered a contract extension with some added benefits and I believe it’s in the interest of Munster rugby and of the IRFU to keep him at Munster and in Ireland.”

Source: Article first appeared on Rugby 365


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William 3 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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