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Munster To Offer Ben Smith Mammoth Wage Package [Report]

Munster have embarked on a remarkable run of form of late. Following the untimely death of head coach Anthony Foley, the Irish province won seven straight games.

Despite the loss to Leicester Tigers in Welford Road, there is still a feel-good factor around the Munster camp ahead of the visit of Leinster on Monday.

In the past week they have been linked with the signature of All Blacks fullback Ben Smith, and according to a report in New Zealand today, they are set to break the bank to secure his services.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Ben Smith of New Zealand makes a run at Scott Fardy of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

According to the New Zealand Herald, Munster will offer Smith a whopping €800,000-a-year.

While this would be an unprecedented move for the Irish province, it would represent a statement of intent.

Munster have not won the European Cup since 2008, and have receded in recent years. However, they have shown an extra grit since the arrival of Rassie Erasmus, and are within a real chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup.

Signing a world class fullback in Ben Smith would help to take them to the next level and challenge the likes of Saracens at the top of the game.

This report contradicts Erasmus’ comments earlier in the week which rubbished the links.

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