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MacDonald answers Munster's call

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Sportal.co.nz     23 Feb 2014     Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Blues hooker, who was part of the Tasman Makos side in the ITM Cup, did not get a Super Rugby contract for 2014.

However, he had initially been linked with a contract with Leinster when its South African hooker Richardt Strauss was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

However, while awaiting a working visa, Strauss recovered well enough to play thus leaving MacDonald stranded.

But over the weekend Munster coach, and former Canterbury coach, Rob Penney announced that MacDonald would be joining the club once a work permit and medical assessment had been completed.

Penney said: "We've addressed the ongoing hooker injuries and looked at the possibility of bringing in someone so it's great we can call on Quentin's services for the immediate future.

"I know him very well having worked with him previously, and I believe he will be a great addition to the squad."

Munster lost hooker Mike Sherry to a cruciate ligament rupture in early-December and then lost development hooker Niall Scannell when he hyper-extended his elbow. Another hooker, Damien Varley has been side-lined for several weeks due to delayed concussion.

MacDonald, 25, from Blenheim was a member of the New Zealand Under-20s Junior World Cup winning team in 2008 and debuted for the Crusaders in 2010 to play 22 games for the side.

He played 56 games for Tasman, and was their Player of the Year in their ITM Championship winning effort last season, while also playing six games for the Blues.

He toured Europe with the Maori All Blacks in 2012.