Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree says new signing Jason Jenkins is fit and available to make his debut for the province this Sunday, but the South African will have to earn his place in the team.

The 25-year-old joined the province this summer following the retirement of CJ Stander, but a shoulder injury has delayed his debut in the opening rounds of the United Rugby Championship.

Yesterday, the province confirmed he had returned to full training, with forwards coach Rowntree this afternoon adding that he is available for selection for this Sunday's trip to the Scarlets (Live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player).

However, Jenkins, who can play right across the second and back-row, will have to earn his place in the side, according to Rowntree, following an impressive start to the season for Munster's forwards pack.

"We've got some good stocks there, haven't we?" Rowntree said.

"That's up to him, to impress us with his performances. He's certainly trained well, but I'm very, very pleased with the resources we've got there in the back-five of our scrum.

"Selection is hard, believe me. Very hard."

If and when the former Bulls lock does feature, he's set to provide significant bulk to a Munster pack that has looked aggressive in its opening games of the URC.

At 6ft 7in and weighing almost 125kg, the Pretoria native can add a huge amount of power to Munster's forwards, with versatility across the back-five.

"Yep, he's a big man," says Rowntree.

"He plays in different positions in the back-five of the scrum, flexible, a good lineout forward. He's big, will give us some good ballast around that set-piece.

"He's got good footballing skills as well. I've been impressed with him.

"He can play both (second-row and back-row), that gives us great flexibility in terms of starting and bench, there's not many positions he couldn't play in the back-five of the scrum."

The province will also continue to build RG Snyman's game time, following his return to action last month. The South African played 14 minutes against the Sharks, before increasing that to 22 minutes on Saturday against the Stormers.

Rowntree (above) says they're the second row is patiently adding to his workload each week.

"He's respectful of where he is within the group at the moment.

"Remembering that he's not played a lot of rugby this last year, it's right that we just keep increasing his game-time."

Meanwhile the coach wouldn't be drawn on the province's stance on Covid-19 vaccination for players and staff.

When asked if all of Munster's players had taken up the Covid-19 vaccine, Rowntree said he didn't wish to comment on the matter.

"It's not for me to say, it's not for me to comment on those things. Ask me some more rugby questions please."

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