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Erasmus predicts a 'big impact' from Deysel for injury hit Munster

By Declan Rooney

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus is hopeful that new signing Jean Deysel will be available to debut against Toulouse in the Champions Cup next weekend and has predicted the ex-Springbok will make a big impact.

Season-ending injuries to Dave Foley and Jean Kleyn forced Munster into the transfer market in recent weeks and after all Irish avenues turned up fruitless, Erasmus turned to home to fill a key void in the second-row.

According to the former South African international, Munster are just one injury away from a crisis in the lock position and that utility forward Deysel (32), who is scheduled to link up with his new team-mates later this week will give them the cover they need as they enter a key time of the season.

"We are one injury away from needing him to step almost into the match-day 23, so I think it's very close (if he is eligible). I think it will be quicker than last time when we had to wait for Jaco Taute, just because we know the process now," said Erasmus.

"The first thing we did was look at all the Irish options and phoned around and spoke to Connacht and Leinster to see if they could lend us one of their players.

"But there is always the dilemma that if you played for another province or club in the European Cup and if you are in the match-day 23, then you can't play for us."

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