MUNSTER have received another significant boost on the back of Saturday’s dramatic Heineken Cup win in France with confirmation that Donnacha Ryan has signed a new three year deal with the IRFU which will see him remain at Munster until June 2017 at least.
The news ends speculation that second row Ryan might be considering a move abroad at the end of this season. Ryan, who made his comeback from injury in Munster’s stunning 18-17 Pool 6 win over Perpignan on Saturday, follows in the footsteps of scrum-half Conor Murray who also committed his future to Munster in recent days.
Thirty year-old Ryan said: “I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue my playing career with Munster. It is an exciting time to be involved in Irish rugby and I hope to play an important role in achieving success for both Munster and Ireland.”
Munster head coach Rob Penney added: “We are delighted that Donnacha has signed a new IRFU contract which will ensure that he remains a Munster player until the end of the 2017 season.
“Donnacha’s quality and versatility will continue to be major asset for the squad as well as the key leadership role he plays both on and off the field.”
Donnacha Ryan made his senior debut for Munster against the Ospreys in September 2004. The Munster Rugby Academy graduate has made 123 appearances for the province and has scored seven tries.
He made his Ireland debut in the 17-3 win over Argentina in November 2008. The 30-year-old has won 28 caps for Ireland. His last appearance for Ireland was in the final game of last season’s RBS 6 Nations against Italy.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: “Donnacha has proven his worth to Irish rugby with his intelligent and high intensity performances for both Munster and Ireland. The IRFU are delighted to secure his future in Ireland for the next three years.”