Munster Rugby have made several signings during the off-season as they attempt to lift the European Cup for a third time. Here we take an in-depth look at some of the key additions.
Beirne joins Munster after a stellar campaign with Scarlets, helping the Welsh region reach a first European Cup semi-final for 11 years.
The Ireland international won the 2017/18 Champions Cup Try of the Season, after a stunning team move against Bath Rugby was finished by the 26-year-old lock.
Beirne also scored Scarlets’ sole try in their 38-16 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Leinster Rugby at the Aviva Stadium.
The 24-year-old full-back moves to Munster after five years at Sale Sharks, where he played in both the European Cup and Challenge Cup.
He helped Sale reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in 2016, before they were beaten 25-19 by eventual winners Montpellier. Haley’s sole European try came in the same campaign, in a 38-5 victory over Dragons.
Haley racked up 481 metres in just six matches last season and Munster will be hoping he can produce similar numbers in the Heineken Champions Cup.
"I just want to play my heart out for this club"
New signing @AriGold_Botha is looking forward to pulling on the red jersey for the first time next month.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) July 18, 2018
The South African back row joins the Irish province after spells at Super Rugby side Bulls and, more recently, English club London Irish.
The 26-year-old has yet to feature in European competition but has played twice for South Africa and Munster head coach Johann van Graan has first-hand experience of his capabilities, having coached him with the Bulls and the Springboks.
“A physical ball-carrier and lineout jumper, he leads by example with his workrate, commitment and physicality,” Van Graan told Munster’s website.
The 22-year-old fly-half arrives from Irish rivals Leinster Rugby, where he made five appearances last season as they won a fourth European Cup.
Carbery broke into the Leinster team in 2015 and has played 10 times for them in the Champions Cup. He has also made 12 appearances for Ireland.
He was often a finisher for Leinster, scoring a late try in their Pool victory over Montpellier, as well as coming off the bench in the Irish province’s quarter-final and semi-final wins over Saracens and Scarlets respectively.
Another fantastic year of European rugby awaits as we face French champions Castres and English heavyweights Exeter Chiefs & Gloucester in Pool 2 of the Champions Cup! #SUAF🔴 pic.twitter.com/xqadJFiYPW
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) June 21, 2018