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.
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.