Munster Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to confirm the signing of Oli Jager from the Crusaders, with the tighthead prop penning a contract up to the summer of 2027.
Hooker Eoghan Clarke is returning to Munster on a short-term contract, while back-three specialist Colm Hogan, the former Dublin University captain, is also on his way back to the province on a short-term deal.
Jager will link up with the BKT United Rugby Championship title holders in the coming weeks. His contract begins at the start of December.
Born in London, the 28-year-old front rower started out at Naas RFC before playing schools rugby at Newbridge College and Blackrock College. He lined out for the Ireland Under-18 Schools team in 2013 before moving to Canterbury in New Zealand at the age of 17.
Initially attending the Crusaders International High Performance Unit, he earned a place in the Crusaders Academy in 2014. After impressing with New Brighton RFC, he was promoted to the Canterbury squad for the Mitre 10 Cup in 2016.
Jager made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2017 and has been a key member of their squad for the past seven years, winning seven consecutive Super Rugby titles.
Clarke spent three years in the Munster Academy before departing for the Jersey Reds in March 2021. A former Ireland Under-20 international, he won the English Championship with Jersey last season before the club went into liquidation last month.
Hogan, who has lined out for the Ireland Under-20s and Munster ‘A’ in the past, played his schools rugby with Glenstal Abbey School.
He captained Dublin University in the Energia All-Ireland League’s top flight and also had a spell with Colomiers in the PRO D2 while studying in France.
The 26-year-old played for Leinster against Chile last year and lined out with recent Munster debutant Alex Nankivell, in the colours of Tasman Mako in the NPC this year.