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Munster Announce Departure Of Gerbrandt Grobler In The Summer

The confirmation comes as the South African starred in Munster’s fight-back for a 24-24 draw with Ulster earlier today.

Gerbrandt Grobler’s stint in a Munster jersey was all too short. An ankle injury suffered soon after joining the province in July of last year saw him ruled out for months.

The 26-year-old has fared well since his return to action this year, but his days at Thomond Park are numbered.

It has been confirmed by Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, that Grobler will leave Munster this summer, with Gloucester his next destination.

“Yes, Gerbrandt won’t be staying at Munster,” van Graan said after today’s game via The Independent.

Bordeaux , France – 22 April 2018; Gerbrandt Grobler of Munster wins possession in a lineout ahead of Donnacha Ryan of Racing 92 during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final match between Racing 92 and Munster Rugby at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, France. (Photo By Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“I think it’s a massive loss. He’s a quality player. I thought that was his best 80 minutes for Munster.

“I thought firstly, his primary work, his lineout defence was exceptional. I thought the way he called the lineouts in the second half, his ball carrying abilities, his fight on the ground, his defence – I thought that was a really good second-row performance from a quality individual.”

Mike Sherry, who captained Munster in today’s match, was similarly glowing in his appraisal of the lock, who has been dogged by controversy in recent years.

“I think he’s a great fella and we wish him the best of luck next year. We’re sad to lose him because he’s a top-quality player. He’s brilliant at the lineout, he’s brilliant around the pitch.

“Gloucester are getting a great addition. He’s a great fella off the pitch as well so we will be sad to see him go.”

Before then, Munster will face Edinburgh in the Pro14 quarter-final.

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