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Munster Rugby Announce Signing Of Two Returning Irish Stars

Munster LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: John Andress of Worcester runs between Logovi'i Mulipola (L) and Tom Youngs during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors at Welford Road on September 8, 2013 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster Rugby have today confirmed the signing of former academy player Darren O’Shea and former Ireland A tighthead prop John Andress.

O’Shea, a 6ft 9in second row, plays for Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors. The 23 year-old is a product of the Munster academy, and has represented Munster A in the past. He returns to the province having helped Worcester to promotion to the Premiership, and has excelled this season.

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Darren O'Shea of Worcester Warriors is tackled by Thomas Synaeghel and Maxime Gau of La Rochelle during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Worcester Warriors and La Rochelle at Sixways Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

He has made 27 appearances for the English club.

It was also announced that John Andress will join the province. The Ulster native has enjoyed a professional career in England for the most part, representing Exeter, Harlequins and Worcester. In the summer of 2014, he joined Edinburgh.

The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for the Scottish club.

He has been capped for Ireland at U21 and A level.

RICHMOND UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: John Andress of Harlequins gets tackled by Shontayne Hape of Bath during the Guinness Premiership game between Harlequins and Bath at the Stoop on October 3, 2009 in Richmond upon Thames, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

This news today comes as a boost to Munster, who face Leinster in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, knowing that they must win in order to bolster their play-off hopes. Leinster won the last meeting between the sides at Thomond Park at Christmas time.

News via Munster Rugby.

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