Donncha O’Callaghan: “I would rather one of our younger fellas given the chance to fill that space.”

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The former Munster, Irish and Lions second row Donncha O’Callaghan was talking on RTE 2fm’s Game On and questions Munster signing the South African Second row Jason Jenkins as do we all! Three South African second rows in a position where Munster should really be producing their own.

“When you have lost people like Billy Holland and CJ Stander and there is a gap in the squad, for me, as a Munster man, I would always prefer to plough these blocks with homegrown talent,” O’Callaghan said.

“The likes of Thomas Aherne, Paddy Kelly, Cian Hurley, they are quality players that are coming in. You can understand why you would want quality players around the place.

“I know he was highly sought after from the Blue Bulls. He has been playing in Japan, which has improved. Normally players in Japan were cashing in, but that league is an awful lot better.

“I would honestly prefer if we had one of our own guys plugging the gap, but that’s on the coaching ticket.”

“If they feel like they need extra players from outside, I can understand it with CJ and Billy going, there is merit in it from that side, but players signing for one-year deals?” O’Callaghan asked.

“I would rather one of our younger fellas given the chance to fill that space. It’s tough to take as a supporter.”

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