Munster sign Arnold from Ulster as Casey pens new deal

Munster sign Arnold from Ulster as Casey pens new deal

MUNSTER have confirmed the signing of exciting Ulster centre Sam Arnold on a two-year deal.

Nineteen-year-old English native Arnold has played 11 times for Ulster and made his Champions Cup debut against Oyannax in January.

Duncan Casey has signed a two-year contract extension, Greencore academy player Sean McCarthy has secured a one-year development contract and Ulster Rugby's Sam Arnold will join the province on a two-year deal.

Ballynahinch clubman Arnold made his PRO12 debut as an 18-year-old against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade in March 2015 and completed the season as Ulster Rugby's Academy Player of the Year.

A product of the Ireland Exiles, at Ireland U20s level, Arnold impressed throughout the 2014/15 campaign, starting in nine out of ten games at 6 Nations and World Championship level.

Meanwhile, hooker Duncan Casey is the latest in a line of home-grown talent to secure their future with Munster after signing a two-year contract extension

The 25-year-old has made 40 appearances for Munster, scoring five tries.

The Shannon clubman is currently rehabbing a pectoral muscle injury and is on course for a return to action in April.

Meanwhile, academy lock Sean McCarthy is the third young player to advance to the senior squad next season, joining academy colleagues Rory Scannell and David Johnston in gaining promotion to the senior ranks.

The 22-year-old Shanon clubman will commence a one-year development contract at the start of next season.