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Second leg for Munster in South Africa

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:08pm

Munster will play the second of their South African Pro14 fixtures on Friday against Toyota Cheetahs after a 39-22 win over Southern Kings in George at the weekend.

The clash is the twentieth round of the Pro14, with Munster in second place in Conference A, seven points behind second-placed Glasgow Warriors, with this weekend's opposition, Toyota Cheetahs, in third on 57 points.

Ahead of Friday's clash, the province has confirmed that hooker Mike Sherry and prop Jeremy Loughman have both signed contract extensions, while Garryowen captain and scrum-half Neil Cronin will join Munster next season.

Sherry, who has made 99 appearances for the province since making his debut in 2009, has signed a one-year extension that will keep him at the province until at least June 2019.

A product of the Munster academy, the 29 year old missed out on the 2016-17 season through injury but has successfully returned to action this season. Loughman has had his development contract extended until the end of the current season, having joined the province on a three-month deal in December 2017.

The prop, who can play loose and tight-head, has made two Pro14 appearances and helped Munster A into the British and Irish Cup quarter-finals.

Garryowen skipper Cronin, who made four appearances for Munster in the 2014-15 campaign, has signed a one-year contract.

The 25 year old has been in impressive form with Garryowen this season and recently captained the Ireland club team.

Meanwhile, with a squad of 30 based in Cape Town, Head Coach Johann van Graan invited Bulls centre Dries Swanepoel to join the group this week. It is understood the 25 year old will join the province as injury cover on a short-term loan signing, subject to being granted a valid work permit.

On the injury front, James Cronin sustained a stinger/shoulder injury against the Southern Kings and will take part in non-contact training today under the supervision of the medical team.

Academy player Shane Daly was on international duty at the weekend while a number of senior and Greencore Munster Academy players were in All Ireland League action.

Cork Constitution’s Daly helped Ireland into the semi-finals of the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong where they lost to a last-minute Japan try.

In Division 1A of the All Ireland League, Academy players Alex McHenry and Vincent O’Brien both touched down in Cork Constitution’s 30-27 win over Terenure College at Temple Hill as the hosts moved up to second in the league. Rob O’Donovan helped fourth-placed UCC to a 32-31 win over Banbridge at the Mardyke as they closed the gap on the northern outfit.

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