According to reports emanating from the South African media, new Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus is on the verge of making his fourth summer signing in the form of colossus lock Jean Kleyn.
The report published by supersport.com has outlined the current talent drain occurring in South African rugby with at least forty five players poised to go abroad this summer in the search for more feasible and secure working conditions due to the weak South African rand; a staggering amount.
Amongst this exodus of South African talent is 6′ 8″ lock Jean Kleyn.
Still only at the tender age of twenty two, Kleyn has represented both the Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in Super Rugby and will be joined by Darren O’ Shea, Sam Arnold and John Andress as Munster’s summer imports, as Erasmus looks to bolster the squad ahead of what is going to be a challenging inaugural season for the South African on both a domestic and European front.
With the signings of two second-rows of both Kleyn and the aforementioned O’Shea, this seemingly has closed the door for Australian Mark Chisholm’s Munster prospects as he currently lies behind in the pecking order to Dave Foley, Billy Holland and utility forward Donnacha Ryan.
Interestingly Kleyn’s potential signing will have been heavily influenced by new recruitment consultant Paul O’Connell who is said to have played an instrumental role in closing the proposed deal if reports are accurate, with Munster looking to sign on the lock as a project player.
In other Munster related news, winger Gerhard van den Heever is set for a move away from the province with Japanese outfit Yamaha Jubilo reported as the interested party. If so, Van den Heever’s time at Munster will be looked back upon as underachieving, as while displaying at times his devastating speed when given the space, unfortunately such room to maneuver was not so forthcoming for the South African which left him found wanting.