Pat Howard to join Munster on three-month deal

South African centre (22) will join up with Munster in the coming weeks

Munster have brought in the young South African centre Pat Howard on a short-term deal as injuries continue to take their toll on the province.

With Keith Earls ruled out for the foreseeable future and new recruit Tyler Bleyendaal's arrival uncertain due to a serious neck injury, Munster coach Anthony Foley has moved to boost his options in the coming months.

The 22-year-old Howard, a former underage Springbok international who currently plays with Western Province, will arrive on a three-month deal in the coming weeks.

“With players ruled out due to injury and a few other niggles we want to make sure we have a full spread available to us before we enter the next crucial period,” Foley said today. “Howard can provide that additional support.”