Former Rebels hooker Sexton on trial with Munster

Former Rebels hooker Sexton on trial with Munster

FORMER Melbourne Rebels and Leinster player Tom Sexton is currently on trial with Munster as the province deals with an injury crisis at hooker.

Munster have lost hookers Mike Sherry and Kevin O’Byrne to back and elbow injuries respectively and the province has confirmed that 26-year-old Sexton is currently training with the squad.

Sexton, who was born in Melbourne, was educated at Belvedere College and played at Schools and U20 level for Ireland.

He made eight senior appearances for Leinster.

Meanwhile, Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed that returning internationals Conor Murray and Keith Earls will be available for selection for this weekend’s Guinness Pro12 clash with the Dragons at Rodeney Parade on Saturday, 5.15pm, while Tyler Bleyendaal should also be back in the mix after recovering from a mild calf strain.

The province has confirmed that back-rower Tommy O'Donnell sustained a concussion against Cardiff on Friday night and he is currently following return to play protocols.

Centre Rory Scannell's neck injury was not as bad as first feared and he continues to be monitored by the medical team this week.

The news may not be as positive for Dave Foley who sustained an elbow injury, after undergoing a scan the Tipperary lock requires further consultation with the specialist.

Meanwhile Munster’s latest signing, South African centre Jaco Taute, has linked up with the squad. However, this Saturday's game comes too early for squad inclusion.