Munster strengthen backline with versatile Crosbie

Date published: September 29 2016

Munster have signed fly-half Steve Crosbie on a short-term deal.

The former Leinster academy player has spent the last number of weeks playing Heartland Cup rugby at Wanganui in New Zealand alongside second-row Gavin Thornbury.

Crosbie can also play centre and made two appearances for the Blues during his time at the Academy but did not secure a senior contract. His signing is timely since Munster have a shortage at fly-half after Johnny Holland's enforced retirement as Bill Johnson recovers from injury. 

They also have a long list of injuries at centre, which creates an opening for the 23-year-old who will link up with his new team-mates next week. His departure came as a shock to the New Zealand club, with Wanganui coach Jason Caskey expressing his surprise.

"I didn't know anything about it until Tuesday morning, 6.30am phone call. Bloody great surprise to me," he told  the Wanganui Chronicle.

"I didn't want to stand in his way. A bit unfortunate with the timing of it. Another month would've been nice."