Reports: Munster set to sign Top 14-based Irish duo

James Hart and Chris Farrell both look set to move to Munster next season

Reports: Munster set to sign Top 14-based Irish duo

James Hart. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Reports in France claim that Munster are to bring home two of Ireland's most promising players in the Top 14.

French-based rugby journalist Gavin Mortimer covers rugby in France for the English-speaking world. On Monday morning, he reported that Midi-Olympique claim Munster are to sign Chris Farrell and James Hart.

Farrell and Hart both played for Grenoble, under the tutelage of Bernard Jackman. At the start of this season, Hart joined Racing 92, while Farrell remains at the Top 14 strugglers.

Both players are under 25, and have impressed in France after leaving Ireland early in their careers. Farrell, a centre, left Ulster in 2014 after a handful of caps for his native province.

Hart, who can play as a scrum-half or fly-half, joined Grenoble in 2011 and moved to Racing 92 last summer. The Dubliner missed out on a place in Leinster's academy before moving to France.

Although not confirmed, if the duo are to join the province, it points towards an exciting period for Rassie Erasmus' side with fly-half JJ Hanrahan looking set to return to Thomond Park after a two-year spell at Northampton.