Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Munster to move for Flutey after loss of Howlett

Munster wing Doug Howlett's return to New Zealand is expected to be confirmed over the next few days and the team have been linked with England and Lions centre Riki Flutey as they seek a high-profile replacement for departing South African Jean de Villiers.

New Zealand-born Flutey signed a two-year deal with Brive last year but is said to be unhappy with the French club, where he has had to deal with injury, club upheaval and poor results. The fact that Brive released Flutey's fellow England international Andy Goode from his contract this week to allow the out-half switch to the Natal Sharks suggests they might do the same with Flutey in the right circumstances.

One man on the way out of Munster is Peter Stringer, as a clutch of clubs from England and France battle to secure his signature, with his contract due to expire at the end of this season. The 32-year-old has lost out to Tomas O'Leary in recent seasons, for club and country.

Meanwhile, in last night’s Magners League action, Munster seen off Edinburgh with a closely fought 19-12 win.

Scott Deasy was the hero for Munster, grabbing 14 points, including a try.

In the other match, Magners League leaders Glasgow Warriors endured a night to forget at Firhill as they were taught a lesson by Cardiff Blues, losing 7-30.

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