Munster announce triple signing boost that includes Irish-qualified Crusaders forward

Adam Kyriacou
Crusaders prop Oli Jager passing in Super Rugby Pacific clash with the Blues.

Crusaders prop Oli Jager passing in Super Rugby Pacific clash with the Blues.

Munster have announced the signing of Irish-qualified tighthead prop Oli Jager, who will join the province from Super Rugby Pacific champions the Crusaders.

Jager has inked a contract until the summer of 2027 and bolsters the team’s current stocks in the number three slot alongside John Ryan and Stephen Archer.

Roman Salanoa is currently out with a knee issue so Jager’s arrival will be timely as he leaves the Crusaders ahead of their 2024 Super Rugby title defence.

Arrives in coming weeks

Jager will join the United Rugby Championship holders in the coming weeks with his contract beginning at the start of December, Munster has confirmed.

London-born, the Irish-qualified tighthead prop started out at Naas RFC before he played schools rugby at Newbridge College and Blackrock College in Ireland.

He turned out for Ireland U18 Schools in 2013 before heading to Canterbury in New Zealand, aged 17, progressing up the ranks to a Super Rugby debut in 2017.

Jager helped the New Zealand side during a dominant period as they won seven consecutive Super Rugby titles, and now leaves in order to return to the north.

Munster have also announced the arrivals of hooker Eoghan Clarke and back three player Colm Hogan, who will both join the URC outfit on short-term contracts.

Recent Championship winner

Clarke spent three years in the Munster academy before leaving for Jersey Reds in March 2021 where he helped them win the Championship title last season.

Hogan has represented Ireland U20 and Munster A in the past and played schools rugby at Glenstal Abbey, and also had a spell at Colomiers in the Pro D2.

The 26-year-old will link up with a familiar face at Munster after playing alongside recent signing Alex Nankivell for the Tasman Mako in the NPC this year.

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