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Reihana turned down Munster
April 10, 2010
Northampton Saints fullback Bruce Reihana in training, Franklin's Gardens, Northampton, England, April 7, 2010
Northampton's Bruce Reihana was approached by Munster in the summer of 2007 © Getty Images
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  • Northampton Saints fullback Bruce Reihana has revealed that he turned down an offer to join Munster three years ago.

    Speaking ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with the Irish province at Thomond Park, Reihana explained that an approach was made following the Saints' relegation from the Guinness Premiership in 2007.

    "They gave me a call and it was a very, very tempting offer," the New Zealander told the Daily Mail. "I had seen them a lot on the TV and watched them winning the Heineken Cup. I'd also heard a lot about what Munster was all about and that environment really inspired me.

    "But I was very honoured to be captain here and I had been part of the squad that took us down, so I wanted to be part of the squad that brought us back up again. I would have felt guilty if I had left because it would have felt like I was running away from a situation I helped to create. I didn't want to do that.

    "When we were relegated we came back to the club and there were about 5,000 people in the car park, cheering us on saying, 'We're with you all the way.' It was unbelievable, it almost makes you cry. That's what you are a part of here and that's a big reason why I stayed."

  • Stephen Jones has given the Scarlets a massive boost by declaring his intention to finish his career in Llanelli. The Wales fly-half was last week linked with a move to Guinness Premiership champions Leicester Tigers but Jones has revealed that he is close to signing a contract extension with the Scarlets.

    "I am trying to sort out my future with the Scarlets. Hopefully, I can get to an agreement soon," the British & Irish Lions No.10 said. "I am enjoying my rugby here, I want things to be done as soon as possible, and I want to finish my career here."

  • Chiefs forward Jarrad Hoeata has been cited for allegedly punching an opponent during Friday's Super 14 defeat by the Bulls. Hoeata appeared to punch Flip van der Merwe in the 70th minute of the game in Hamilton and has now been summoned to appear before a SANZAR disciplinary hearing in Wellington on Monday.


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