Tomas O'Leary joins Montpellier on loan from Munster
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 19/10/16 12:33pm
Former Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has joined Top 14 side Montpellier on a short-term deal.
The Corkman, who was left out of Munster's European squad, has moved to the French club on a loan deal after scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue was ruled out for four months.
O'Leary, who last played for Ireland in 2012, heads to Montpellier as a 'medical joker'. In accordance with European Rugby Champions Cup rules, each club can sign three additional players during the pool stage to replace a player previously registered.
Under the terms of the deal, a player must sign at least a three-month contract with the club.
Montpellier will host Leinster on Sunday in Pool 4 in a group that also contains Northampton and Castres.
O'Leary, 32, is in his second stint at his native province, having spent three years at London Irish between 2012 and 2015, but has been limited to two substitute appearances for Munster so far this season.