Rugby: Cardiff’s Robin Copeland signs two year deal with Munster rugby

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Updated: December 10, 2013

As rumours on the future of Leinster’s Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip  continue to circulate on social media, confirmation from Munster Rugby of a new signing .

Munster have announced ahead of next season, the signing of highly-rated Cardiff Blues utility forward Robin Copeland.

Copeland will join the province on a two year contract commencing in July 2014.  The Wexford-born back-row is a product of the Leinster academy and moved to England to play with Championship side Plymouth Albion in 2010 before making the move to a Rotherham Titans side captained by Sean Dougall in 2011, where he scored 11 tries in 20 games.

As his impressive form continued he made the move to Cardiff Blues in 2012 and has played 37 times for the Welsh side scoring 6 tries.  Most recently Copeland was man of the match in the Blues’ 19-15 victory over defending Heineken Cup champions Toulon in October just days before his 26th birthday.

Commenting on the announcement Head Coach Rob Penney said “We’ve seen Robin in action first hand and we’ve always been hugely impressed by his potential.  From his experience in playing a number of positions he brings a great deal of versatility and we believe he will be a great addition to the squad.  He will add value to a highly competitive area of our game.”

Player Details:

DOB: 23rd Oct 1987

Birthplace: Wexford.

Height: 1.96m (6′ 5”)

Weight: 110 kg (17st 4lb)

Position:  Back-row/Second row

2013/14 Heineken Cup Outright

Leinster 10/3

Toulon 4/1

Clermont Auvergne 5/1

Toulouse 6/1

Ulster 7/1

Saracens 10/1

Munster 14/1

Leicester Tigers 18/1

Harlequins 40/1

Northampton Saints 66/1

80/1 Bar

EW 1/2 1, 2

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