Mike Sherry extends stay at Munster as Garryowen's Neil Cronin joins province

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Mike Sherry extends stay at Munster as Neil Cronin joins province

Hooker Mike Sherry who has signed one-year contract extension with Munster

MUNSTER Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that hooker Mike Sherry and prop Jeremy Loughman have both signed contract extensions, while as revealed by the Limerick Leader earlier this year, Garryowen captain and scrum-half Neil Cronin will join the province next season.

Sherry, who has made 99 appearances for the province since making his debut in 2009, has signed a one-year extension that will keep him at the province until at least June 2019, it was confirmed this Tuesday.

A product of the Munster academy, the 29-year-old missed out on the 2016-17 season through injury but has successfully returned to action this season.

Loughman has had his development contract extended until the end of the current season having joined the province on a three-month deal in December 2017.

The prop, who can play loose and tight-head, has made two PRO14 appearances and helped Munster A into the British and Irish Cup quarter-finals.

Garryowen skipper Cronin, who made four appearances for Munster in the 2014-15 campaign, has signed a one-year contract. The 25-year-old has been in impressive form with Garryowen this season and recently captained the Ireland Clubs team.

Meanwhile, with a squad of 30 based in Cape Town, Head Coach Johann van Graan has invited Bulls centre Dries Swanepoel to join the group this week.

It is envisaged the 25-year-old will join the province as injury cover on a short-term loan signing, subject to being granted a valid work permit.