Friday 21 October 2016

Erasmus has lots of Munster rebuilding to do

Rassie Erasmus
Rassie Erasmus

The rebuilding process at Munster is a long-term one.

The main worry ahead of the Champions Cup is that their Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, appears to be so eager to delve into the market place.

Their cause will not be helped by the four-week suspension prop James Cronin received for a stamp to the head of Jamison Gibson-Park, ruling the loose-head out of the first two rounds in Europe.

There is strong speculation that Erasmus will increase the intensity of their recruitment drive by signing former Ireland schools centre Chris Farrell from Bernard Jackman's Grenoble next summer.

This follows on from the importation of South African Jaco Taute on a short-term solution at centre, mainly due to the avalanche of injuries.

In that area, marquee man Francis Saili and Ireland U20 Sam Arnold have not been able to put a foot on the field of play this season.

Leinster old boy Colm O'Shea made his way south on a short-term deal in the summer and there has been a debut for Cian Bohane.

In fairness, Rory Scannell has been able to stay relatively healthy and improve his game as a second receiver.

However, this all comes as a warning sign that the huff-and-puff produced against Leinster at The Aviva last Saturday is all they have in their locker at the moment.

The move of Keith Earls into the centre was one made out of necessity because the Moyross man has never developed the passing game to go with his pace and evasion.

The question is, will Racing 92's Ronan O'Gara be able to take advantage of Munster's weak spot?

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