Tuesday 12 December 2017

Munster sign Tokula to fill centre void

MUNSTER have landed Waikato and Chiefs centre Savenaca Tokula until the end of the season.

The New Zealand Sevens international will fill the void left by Australian Will Chambers, who returned home last month, while Tom Gleeson and Troy Smith are both injured.

Smith will require a second operation following a recurrence of the knee injury which has kept him out for most of the season.

Tokula has played 36 times for Waikato province and was called up to Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs last season. He is expected to arrive in Ireland over the weekend, but with former All Black Casey Laulala arriving next season, his stay will be short.

One New Zealander on the way out of Thomond Park is Peter Borlase, who has joined Connacht on loan until the end of the season.

Signed as a designated 'Special Project' player, the prop has failed to win a place in Tony McGahan's team and has yet to play this season.

With a front-row injury crisis out west, Eric Elwood has handed 26-year-old Borlase a second chance.

Mike Tolkin was named head coach of the US national team yesterday, replacing former Irish coach Eddie O'Sullivan, who quit last November.

Tolkin had served under O'Sullivan as the Eagles' defensive coach for the past three years and US Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville said he deserved his promotion to the top job.

"He has worked internationally and domestically as a head coach and understands the challenges American players face," Melville said.

"I know Mike is looking forward to continuing the work."

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