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McGahan backs Flannery’s bid for game time

Guinness PRO12 Editor

26 May 2011

Munster boss Tony McGahan has given Jerry Flannery the green light to temporarily join another club in a bid to boost his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

The Ireland hooker has been ravaged by injuries this season and has racked up just 53 minutes of rugby.

Flannery underwent calf surgery in March and is set to return to action in time for the showpiece tournament but he will be desperately short of match fitness.

It has already been reported that fellow Ireland international Rob Kearny may look to the Southern Hemisphere for game time and McGahan has admitted he would approve to a similar move for Flannery.

“Jerry is a contracted Irish Rugby Union player, this is our last game of the season and Jerry obviously has no chance of playing,” said McGahan.

“Whatever is the best opportunity for Jerry to get fit for the World Cup we would endorse it.”

Flannery may not be available for Saturday's Magners League Grand Final against Leinster but he will be hoping to return to action with the red army as defending Champions at the beginning of the 2011-12 league campaign.