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Squad Update

3rd June 2015 By Munster Rugby

Following on from yesterday’s news confirming the departure of Paul O’Connell, Munster Rugby can today confirm that a total of eleven players are departing the province.

Following on from yesterday’s news confirming the departure of Paul O’Connell, Munster Rugby can today confirm that a total of eleven players are departing the province.

In previously announcing the movements of JJ Hanrahan, Paddy Butler, Alan Cotter and Sean Dougall, the following players have also completed their time with Munster – Ivan Dineen, Martin Kelly, Johne Murphy, Barry O’Mahony and Andrew Smith.

In addition to the above players Damien Varley confirmed his retirement from rugby earlier this season.

Commenting on the departures Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said, “We would like to thank all of the players for their commitment and service to Munster Rugby. We wish them every success in the future as they advance to the next stage of their careers on and off the field.”

For the coming season the confirmed incoming players include Tomás O’Leary and Francis Saili, with Jordan Coghlan, Jack O’Donoghue, Darren Sweetnam and Peter McCabe all joining on development contracts. McCabe, a Dolphin RFC prop, is the latest player to sign with the province.

The squad recently gathered for their informal end of season lunch where the departing players were honoured on the day with a screening of career highlights, presentations and words of thanks and best wishes from nominated colleagues.

View some of the moments captured on the day below.

"Paul
Paul O'Connell, Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan enjoying the player presentations.

"PlayerPlayer highlights are shown to the room, with Barry O'Mahony on screen.

"SeanSean Dougall enjoys Donncha O'Callaghan's opening sentiments.

"DonnchaDonncha O'Callaghan makes a presentation to Sean Dougall.

"AndrewAndrew Smith with his midfield partner Denis Hurley.

"FelixFelix Jones makes the presentation to JJ Hanrahan.

"PeterPeter O'Mahony pictured with Ivan Dineen.

"BeforePaul O'Connell makes the presentation to Johne Murphy.

"MikeMike Sherry presents to his fellow hooker Damien Varley.

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