Taute to lengthen Munster stay?

Date published: December 15 2016

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says that stop-gap signing Jaco Taute wants to stay on at the Irish club.

Taute was originally signed by Munster as a replacement for Francis Saili who sustained a long-term shoulder injury. And so Taute was allowed by his club, the Stormers, to play for Munster in the Southern Hemisphere off-season, but now according to Erasmus, the utility-back wants to stay on.

The Munster coach will have to discuss the matter with the IRFU before they can start looking at extending Taute’s contract.

“We haven’t discussed it even with the IRFU, we’ll give it until after this weekend,” Erasmus told the Irish Times.

“He’ll be keen to stay, he really enjoys it, I think he slotted in well, him and the players enjoy one another, he’s liking the whole set-up, so I think he would like to stay.

“If it’s allowed and fits in, it might be until the end of the season, if we look long term, we can’t make that decision today, it will be Monday or Tuesday.”