Woe for Munster as Sean Dougall set to join James Coughlan at Pau

Sean Dougall

Munster look set to lose another back-row forward to Pau with Sean Dougall in line for a move to the French Top 14 hopefuls this summer.

The Irish Examiner understands Dougall, 25, could be set to join former team-mate James Coughlan at the Simon Mannix-coached club, who currently enjoy an 11-point lead over Eddie O’Sullivan’s Biarritz at the top of France’s Pro D2.

The former Ulster academy player and Ireland U19 international joined Munster from Rotherham Titans on a one-year contract in the summer of 2012 alongside incoming head coach Rob Penney and backs coach Mannix. The flanker impressed, earning a new two-year deal the following January having scored Heineken Cup tries on his European debut against Racing Metro and a week later against Edinburgh. His progress has since been curtailed by injuries. The most recent of his 37 appearances came in the Pro12 on December 20 at Glasgow Warriors, when he was forced off with a facial injury.

With competition for back-row places as intense as ever at Munster, that was just his fifth game of the season and Dougall only featured in one Champions Cup matchday squad during the disappointing pool campaign, as an unused substitute in the round three home loss to Clermont.


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