Lima Sopoaga To Wasps All Black Will Be An Upgrade On Danny Cipriani... But Who Will New Zealand Turn To Next?

Alby Mathewson will start a new adventure in Ireland.

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Alby Mathewson has signed a short-term deal to play for Irish powerhouse, Munster.

The 32-year-old former All Black has agreed a four-month deal with the province and will act as injury cover for Conor Murray, who has been ruled out of playing at the start of the new season because of a neck problem.

The Hastings born Mathewson needs to be granted a work permit to join Munster, but this is expected to be granted.

He joins Munster from French club Toulon, where he made 19 appearances last season.

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Mathewson played five tests for the All Blacks during his career in New Zealand and played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Blues and Western Force.

Mathewson' previous visit to the Limerick venue saw him make his All Blacks debut in the 18-16 win against the province in November 2008.

Munster, who made the last four in both the Pro14 and the European Champions Cup last season, begin their season against Cheetahs on 1 September.

Meanwhile, another former Hurricanes and Blues player Jimmy Gopperth, 35, is out for up to nine months at Wasps, meaning the English club are in desperate need for Lima Sopoaga to arrive.

"Jimmy Gopperth has undergone an ACL reconstruction following an injury sustained in Connacht. Estimated absence - six to nine months," said Wasps in an injury update.

Sopoaga is unlikely to be at the Coventry based club in time for their season opener against Worcester of September 1 and it leaves Wasps coach Day Young with a selection crisis at the beginning of their campaign, which hasn't been helped by the move of Danny Cipriani to Gloucester over the off season.

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