When Robin Copeland arrived at Munster in 2014, there was huge excitement and hope that they had bagged a real gem. The Wexford native had impressed hugely in his time with the Cardiff Blues, and upon arrival in Limerick, became an immediate hit by scoring his first try against Leinster. An Ireland debut followed, but injury then halted his progress as he struggled to hit those heights once more.
Today it has been announced that he will be leaving the province at the end of the season.
Head coach Johann Van Graan admitted Copeland’s decision did come as a blow to the province, but wished him well in the future.
“While it has been great to retain so many of our players this season, we respect Robin’s decision to move on.
“A physical and versatile player, we know he will continue to be successful, and everyone at Munster wishes Robin all the best for the future.”
At 30, Copeland is likely to attract interest from other clubs, and we will keep a close eye on where he ends up.
This announcement came as part of the news that Dave O’Callaghan, Brian Scott and Ciaran Parker have signed contract extensions.