MUNSTER’S most capped forward Donncha O’Callaghan has agreed contract terms that will see him remain with the province until June 2016.
O’Callaghan, who played in Munster’s RaboDirect PRO12 win over Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday night, has 230 Munster caps to his name, including 90 Heineken Cup appearances. The 34-year-old is the most capped player in the squad at present.
With over half the season still to run and with the new provincial contract commencing in July 2014, O’Callaghan is in line to surpass fellow Cork man Ronan O’Gara’s all-time leading tally of 240 Munster appearances.
O’Callaghan has made 94 appearances for Ireland and is currently involved with Joe Schmidt’s squad as they prepare for the autumn internationals.
O’Callaghan, who made his Munster debut back in August ’98 against Edinburgh Reivers, is delighted to cement his future with Munster Rugby. He will be 37 years old when this new contract ends.
O’Callaghan said: “I love playing for this team and representing my home club and supporters each week.
“Running out for Munster is something I’ve always wanted and I’ve been fortunate to make my career out of it, and to continue doing so for the next few years is just what I want. The main thing for me is that I still enjoy it and I have the opportunity to do it.”
Munster head coach, Rob Penney added: “We are lucky to have someone of Donncha’s calibre and experience commit his future to Munster Rugby. He is great with the younger lads and drives everyone on. His own dedication and work ethic are an example to all and it’s good to know he is on board for another two seasons.”