Laulala to leave Munster at end of season

By Colm Kinsella

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By Colm Kinsella

Casey Laulala, who will leave Munster at the end of the season, in action for the province against Lifeimi Mafi, of Perpignan, in Saturday's Heineken Cup Pool 6 clash at Stade Aime Giral
MUNSTER have confirmed that their Samoan born centre Casey Laulala will be leaving the province at the end of the current season.

MUNSTER have confirmed that their Samoan born centre Casey Laulala will be leaving the province at the end of the current season.

In a post on their website, Munster have revealed that Laulala, who joined Munster at the start of the 2012/13 season, has attracted the interest of several European clubs ‘who have offered terms that Munster are unable to match.’

Laulala had been linked to a move to French Top 14 club, Grenoble next season, where former Munster scrum half and Young Munster Director of Rugby, Mike Prendergast has been appointed backs coach for next season.

Commenting on his decision to leave Munster, Laulala said, “I have loved my time with Munster and there’s a lot of rugby still to be played. I want to achieve success with these guys and hope to continue to contribute in any way I can.”

Munster head coach Rob Penney added, “We understand Casey’s reasons for leaving at the end of the season and are disappointed to see him go. I’m sure he will continue to commit himself to the goals we set out at the beginning of the season and will contribute to Munster’s campaign.”

Thirty one year old former All Black Laulala made his Munster debut against Edinburgh in September 2012 and in his first season he featured in 27 of Munster’s 30 games. Casey won his 37th cap against Perpignan on Saturday.