Robin Copeland to return home to Ireland after agreeing two-year deal with Munster

Last Updated: 10/12/13 11:02am

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Robin Copeland: Returning to Ireland having come through Leinster's academy

Robin Copeland: Returning to Ireland having come through Leinster's academy

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Munster have announced the signing of utility forward Robin Copeland from RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Cardiff.

Irishman Copeland will move to the two-time Heineken Cup champions at the end of the season having agreed terms on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old actually came through Leinster's academy before moving to England to ply his trade with Plymouth Albion and then Rotherham Titans in the Championship.

He joined Cardiff Blues in 2012 and was named man-of-the-match in their 19-15 European victory over Toulon in October.

"We've seen Robin in action first hand and we've always been hugely impressed by his potential," Munster head coach Rob Penney said.

"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."

Copeland's departure is a blow for the Blues, who could also be set to lose Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton. The British and Irish Lions duo have both been linked with big-money moves to clubs in France.

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