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Munster bring in NZ hooker

22nd February 2014 13:02


Quentin McDonald Tasman ITM Cup 2013

Quentin MacDonald: Signed a short-term deal

Munster have confirmed the signing of New Zealand hooker Quentin MacDonald on a three-month contract.

MacDonald will join the Irish province at the beginning of March subject to obtaining a work permit and passing the normal medical procedures.

The 25-year-old was Player of the Year for Tasman Makos as they won the ITM Cup Championship for the first time in October and made six appearances for the Blues in Super Rugby last season.

Prior to his spell with the Blues he played 22 games for Crusaders.

Hailing from Blenheim in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand, MacDonald made his Maori All Blacks debut on the team's European Tour in 2012, playing in all three matches.

MacDonald was also part of the New Zealand U20's inaugural 2008 Junior World Championship success in Wales.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2010 and has gone on to make 28 Super Rugby appearances along with 56 games for Tasman Makos.

Earlier this week Munster boss Rob Penney confirmed that they would be looking for an additional hooker with Mike Sherry on the long-term injury list, after rupturing his cruciate ligament in early December, and development hooker Niall Scannell most recently ruled out after hyper-extending his elbow.

Damien Varley has also been side-lined for the past number of weeks as he follows return-to-play protocols for delayed concussion after the Edinburgh game in January.

We've addressed the ongoing hooker injuries and looked at the possibility of bringing in someone so it's great that we can call on Quentin's services for the immediate future," Penney told Munster's official website.

"I know him very well having worked with him previously, and I believe he will be a great addition to the squad.

We look forward to welcoming Quentin to the province."

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