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Munster Confirm Jaco Taute Move To Leicester Tigers

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster's Jaco Taute celebrates scoring a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster have confirmed that South African centre, Jaco Taute, will join Leicester Tigers at the beginning of the next season. 

The announcement comes hours after the Premiership club confirmed the signing of Leinster centre, Noel Reid.

Taute was first brought to the province in September 2016 as a replacement for the injured Francis Saili and made his debut the following month against Zebre. His contract was then extended until June 2017 when he signed a two-year deal with Munster.

Taute has made 40 appearances for the province and captained them for the first time against Ulster last December. He previously played Super Rugby with the Lions and Stormers.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “We’ve obviously seen Jaco close-up in European competition and he is a big, physical unit in the backline with extensive experience in the southern hemisphere and also at the top-end of European rugby.

“He is an option at centre or at full-back for us and we look forward to welcoming him in the pre-season period.”

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

Speaking to the Leicester Tigers website, the 27-year-old said he was looking forward to the challenge of a new competition.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership and excited to be joining a club like Leicester Tigers.

“Leicester has a rich history and I want to contribute to creating even more memories for the fans at Welford Road.

“I am excited about working alongside the quality players in the squad and under Geordan Murphy and his coaching team.”

Crusaders back-rower Jordan Taufua and Tigers academy graduate Calum Green have also joined the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

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