Munster interested in Andrew Hore - UK reports

MARC HINTON
Last updated 16:13 17/12/2013
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OVER AND OUT: All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has confirmed he is retiring from international rugby with immediate effect.

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Munster have reportedly approached Andrew Hore with a view to luring the All Black hooker off the farm to fill in for the remainder of the Heineken Cup season.

The UK's Daily Mail are reporting that the powerhouse Irish club, coached by Kiwi Rob Penney, have sounded Hore out about the possibility of a short-term stint through till the end of the European season.

Munster have lost first-choice hooker Mike Sherry to a ruptured cruciate ligament that has wrecked his season, and after some lineout wobbles in recent weeks have decided to look at a short-term solution.

There is precedent for the move, too, with All Black veteran Brad Thorn lured to Leinster a couple of years back from his post-World Cup stint in Japan to help them to their 2012 Heineken Cup triumph.

Hore has said he just wants to put in time on the family farm and turn out for his Maniototo club in the Central Otago competition, but he could be intrigued by the chance to taste some top-level European rugby.

At present Munster leads pool six of the Heineken Cup with three wins from their first four matches and they also hold top spot in the Rabo Pro 12 league with an impressive 8-1 record.

Munster have also given up any hope of retaining Kiwi centre Casey Laulala at season's end, with the Irish club issuing a statement confirming they could not match terms offered by "several" European clubs.

The 31-year-old former All Black has made 37 appearances for the club since joining them in September of 2012, and said in a statement from the club he would be sad to leave.

"I have loved my time with Munster and there's a lot of rugby still to be played," said Laulala. "I want to achieve success with these guys and hope to continue to contribute in any way I can."

Whether he will finish his time in Limerick alongside the 83-test Hore remains to be seen. 

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