Munster scrum-half Tomás O’Leary has signed with Top 14 side Montpellier for four months, according to reports in France.
Midi Olimpique are reporting that the 2009 Grand Slam winning number nine is set to fill a gap for the southern French outfit, with Benoit Paillaugue set for another spell on the sidelines.
Since returning from London Irish after three seasons with the Exiles, O’Leary been deployed as a deputy behind Conor Murray, but now he has fallen even further down the pecking order, with Duncan Williams residing on the bench.
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O’Leary will certainly be an asset to the French club, bringing a wealth of experience. He was an integral part of Ireland’s Grand Slam winning side and Munster’s Heineken Cup success in 2009.
At 32, it is unlikely that O’Leary will break back into the Munster starting team ahead of Murray, so this is a positive move for his career to see first-team action at the top level.
Montpellier are currently second in the Top 14 table. However, they suffered a set-back against Northampton in their opening game of the European Champions Cup. They now welcome Leinster next weekend, eager to get a win on the board.
However, it will be difficult to get back to winning ways, as there are few easy games in the European Cup.
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