HE might only be signed up to play with Munster on a six-month contract but Will Chambers has the potential to make a big impact with the province, according to Australian stars Digby Ioane and Will Genia, who were his team-mates at the Queensland Reds.
Chambers also played rugby league with the Melbourne Storm franchise but has received glowing tributes from two of Australia’s most impressive performers at this year’s World Cup.
He made his debut in the centre for Munster in last Friday’s A game against Connacht and is expected to feature against Aironi next weekend in the RabDirect PRO12.
“He’s a top bloke,” said Ioane. “If he gets quick ball he can break the line and cause teams problems.
“He had a bad year with injuries last season, but when he’s fit to play he can make something out of nothing.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on over there.”
Genia was also fulsome in his praise of his former team-mate. “From a player’s point of view, he’s an absolute team man,” he said.
“He does everything he can to make sure the team performs on the field. He does the basics very well. He’s a big direct player and runs hard, straight lines.
“He runs hard, tackles hard and has a great work ethic. He’s a classy player and he’ll do very well at Munster.”
Munster resume their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign on Friday next when they host Italian side Aironi in Musgrave Park. Aironi are bottom of the league with only one win after six games but Munster will be expected to get back to winning ways after losing their last two games.
This game will kick-start a busy spell for Munster as it will be the first of 13 games on consecutive weekends.
They face Leinster in the Aviva Stadium on Friday week (November 4) when many of Ireland’s top players will be in opposition before beginning their Heineken Cup campaign against Northampton in Thomond Park eight days later. The following weekend, Munster travel to France to play Castres in the second round of Heineken Cup.