TWO exciting young Limerick-based players have been called into the Munster squad for the province’s pre-season training schedule.
Talented Ardscoil Ris out-half Conor Fitzgerald and Shannon RFC’s Alan Fitzgerald are among the four club players recruited to train with Munster over the preseason weeks.
Conor Fitzgerald’s older brother Stephen is in his third year with the Munster Academy and has already played for the senior side in the Guinness Pro12.
John Poland, of Cork Con, and former Leinster centre Colm O'Shea are also training with Munster at present.
Meanwhile, on the injury front, the recently-arrived Sam Arnold has been ruled out of the opening period of the season after sustaining a knee injury during training.
There is better news for New Zealand out-half Tyler Bleyendaal, who is in line to return to action during the upcoming pre-season games, having recovered from a long-term quad injury.
Centre Francis Saili (shoulder) and back-row Peter O'Mahony (knee) are continuing to follow their respective rehabilitation programmes, with Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus noting it would be ‘touch and go’ on whether the players would feature in the opening rounds of the Guinness Pro12 league.
Erasmus confirmed Johnny Holland is currently under medical review as he continues to manage a hamstring complaint, while second-row Mark Chisholm has yet to return to training after sustaining a concussion against Newport Gwent Dragons in March.
Development player Sean McCarthy (knee) also continues to follow his rehabilitation programme during the preseason period.
It is expected that Munster’s latest signing, South African second-row Jean Kleyn will join up with the squad next week, subject to being granted a valid work permit.