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Murray & Earls Commit To Munster

27th January 2016 By Munster Rugby

The IRFU and Munster Rugby are pleased to confirm that Conor Murray and Keith Earls have signed new three-year contracts with the IRFU which will see them remain at Munster through to the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.

The IRFU and Munster Rugby are pleased to confirm that Conor Murray and Keith Earls have signed new three-year contracts with the IRFU which will see them remain at Munster through to the end of Rugby World Cup 2019.

Commenting on today’s announcement, IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: "Conor Murray is a hugely important, admired and respected player and makes a real impact in every game he plays for Munster and Ireland. We are delighted that he has signed a new IRFU contract that will keep him at Munster until the end of the 2019 season."

Murray himself added: "I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract to continue playing my rugby with Munster. Having come through the Munster Academy it was a special moment for me and my family when I made my Munster debut in 2010, and to go on to represent Ireland is every young rugby player's dream. I look forward to pulling on the Munster and Ireland jerseys in the years to come.”

Murray made his senior debut for Munster against Connacht in April 2010 and his Ireland debut against France in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2011.

On the re-signing of Earls, Nucifora said, "We are delighted that Keith has signed a new IRFU contract which will see him remain a Munster player until the end of the 2019 season. Keith is a gifted footballer and has shown great commitment throughout his rugby career for both Munster and Ireland. The IRFU are committed to retaining players like Keith and we know that Munster and Ireland supporters will be delighted with today's news."

Commenting on his deal, Earls said, "I am delighted to have signed a new IRFU contract to allow me to continue playing my rugby in Ireland and I look forward to playing my role in bringing success to both Munster and Ireland."

A graduate of the Munster Rugby Academy Earls made his senior debut for Munster against the Ospreys in April 2007 and went on to make his Ireland debut in the 55-0 win over Canada in Thomond Park in November 2008.

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley also spoke following the announcements saying, “It’s great to see both Conor and Keith commit to Munster, two home grown talents who have become an integral part of this Munster side across a number of seasons.

“The market was never more competitive and to retain players of their calibre is a wonderful boost for both the squad and fans.

“They are proven performers on both the provincial and international stage and it’s great that they will continue to play a big role for Munster going forward.”

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