Alby Mathewson set to leave Munster on Saturday

Munster have today confirmed that scrum-half Alby Mathewson will leave the province at the end of this week, after Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 at Thomond Park.

The 33-year-old All Black joined the club originally on a four-month contract in August 2018 when Conor Murray was ruled out with a neck injury but it has ended in a much longer stint in Limerick of 15 months.

Munster’s scrum-half options include Ireland International Conor Murray, Nick McCarthy, who joined from Leinster last summer as well as former Ireland U20 International Craig Casey and Neil Cronin. 

Guinness PRO14, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales 2/11/2019 Cardiff Blues vs Munster Rugby Munster’s Alby Mathewson scores his sides fourth try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Rogan Thompson

The energetic scrum-half made five appearances for the All Blacks and has played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Blues, and Western Force.

At the beginning of the 2017/18 season, he joined Toulon and played for the French club on 19 occasions, including the Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster in Thomond Park.

Mathewson’s previous visit to Limerick saw him make his All Blacks debut in the epic 18-16 win against Munster in November 2008.

Munster Rugby New Signing Alby Mathewson 27/8/2018 The Zurich Challenge 18/11/2008 Munster vs New Zealand All Blacks All Blacks’ Alby Mathewson tackled by Billy Holland of Munster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Kiwi’s time at Munster will come to a close after this weekend’s crucial pool clash with Racing 92 on Saturday, should he be selected.

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