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Munster sign Irish qualified Worcester centre and Wasps prop

By Ian Cameron
Oli Morris of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Niyi Adeolokun of Bristol Bears during the Premiership Rugby Cup match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears at Sixways Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Munster have confirmed the signing of Irish-qualified former Worcester Warriors centre Oli Morris until the end of the current season.

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They have also re-signed John Ryan, who left the province for Wasps at the end of last season.

Both Ryan and Morris were effectively left clubless after the collapse of Gallagher Premiership sides Wasps and Worcester Warriors in recent weeks.

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Ryan comes in as injury cover for Stephen Archer, who will undergo surgery this Monday having suffered an ankle injury against Bulls last week.

A statement reads: “With Stephen Archer sidelined with an ankle injury John Ryan returns to the province to provide cover on a three-month contract. Ryan’s contract with Wasps ended last week when the Premiership side was placed into administration.

“Worcester Warriors centre Oli Morris found himself in a similar position when the club entered into administration at the end of September. The 23-year-old was identified by Irish Rugby’s IQ programme and was involved with the Ireland U20s in 2019. He will link up with the squad this week.”

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The province also confirmed contract extensions for up-and-coming talents Tom Ahern, Calvin Nash and Fineen Wycherley.

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Munster had a bruising encounter with arch-rivals Leinster over the weekend in the URC.

Jack O’Sullivan, Liam Coombes and Tom Ahern will all go for MRI scans this week with O’Sullivan “expected to be unavailable for the medium term”.

Hulking lock Jean Kleyn will go for a scan on a rib injury and his “availability will be determined later in the week”.

Munster’s new second-row prospect, 6’5, 122kg Edwin Edogbo, suffered a calf injury but he is “progressing with his rehab and his availability will be determined later in the week.”

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UNAVAILABLE: RG Snyman (knee), Jack Daly (knee), Alex Kendellen (head), Paddy Kelly (head), Keith Earls (thigh), Andrew Conway (knee), Fineen Wycherley (shoulder), Antoine Frisch (calf).

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