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Mathewson To Join Munster As Injury Cover

Mathewson To Join Munster As Injury Cover

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the short-term signing of New Zealand scrum half Alby Mathewson ahead of the start of the new season.

Alby Mathewson will join the province (subject to being granted a valid work permit) for four months as injury cover for Ireland international Conor Murray who has been ruled out for the short-term period.

The 32-year-old Kiwi scrum half has made five appearances for the All Blacks and has played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Blues, and Western Force during his career to date.

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At the beginning of the 2017/18 season he joined Toulon and played for the Top 14 club on 19 occasions, including the Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park last March.

Mathewson’s first visit to the Limerick venue saw him play in New Zealand’s thrilling 18-16 win over the province in November 2008. He won four Test caps in the latter half of 2010, lining out for the All Blacks against Australia (twice), England and Ireland.