Munster’s new Australian centre Smith joins up with squad

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

New Munster centre Andrew Smith, pictured here playing for the Brumbies against the Lions in 2013, has joined up with Anthony Foley's squad this week
NEW Munster centre Andrew Smith has arrived in the province and is due to meet up with his new team-mates for the first time later this week.

NEW Munster centre Andrew Smith has arrived in the province and is due to meet up with his new team-mates for the first time later this week.

Smith joins the province from Australian Super 15 side, the Brumbies, following the conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

After making his debut for the Brumbies in 2010 against the Auckland Blues, he went on to make 50 Super Rugby appearances for the club, scoring 30 points. The Sydney native also played a pivotal role in Brumbie’s match winning try over the British & Irish Lions in June 2013.

Having spent the last two seasons under former Munster forwards coach Laurie Fisher, Smith is ready for the new challenge that lies ahead.

Andrew Smith said: “I’m really looking forward to joining Munster and making the most of the opportunity. Laurie Fisher has always spoken highly about the team and culture. It’s definitely somewhere I want to go and make an impact, working closely with the boys and training hard. I’ve no doubt it will be a great experience and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Munster return to match action with a pre-season friendly away to Gloucester on Saturday August 23 (kick-off 3pm), ahead of their first home game the following Friday against London Irish at the Waterford RSC (7.30pm).