Conor Murray has quashed the rumours linking him with a move to France by signing a new two year contract with Munster and the IRFU. The deal will see him remain at the region until June 2016.
Murray has made a total of 49 appearances for Munster, since joining the region from Connacht in April 2010.
“We are delighted that Conor has signed a new IRFU contract which will secure him to Munster until the end of the 2016 season,” said Munster coach Rob Penney.
“Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings to not only Munster, but to the national team as well. At 24 he is still a young guy and he has the potential to go on to become one of the best scrum-halves in the game.”
Murray himself said: “I am thrilled to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing my rugby with Munster. In 2013 I learned a lot as a player with my province, Ireland and the Lions and I hope to continue to develop and push for honours over the coming years.”
This is a hugely positive piece of news for Irish rugby fans, who have had several of their biggest stars linked to French giants in recent weeks. Along with Murray, Jamie Heaslip has also been linked to Toulouse, while Sean O’Brien, who is currently up there with the best back-rowers in the world, has been linked with Clermont Auvergne.
It is particularly poignant in light of Johnny Sexton’s condition during the recent Autumn Internationals. Having signed for Racing Métro this season, Sexton has played significantly more rugby than the rest of the Irish squad, as he is no longer under the management of the IRFU. He struggled with injury over the autumn, as well as form, appearing jaded at times when he was playing.
Irish fans and management alike will be desperate for a similar situation not to befall the rest of their top players, and Murray, whose star has been on the rise since an impressive tour with the Lions over the summer, deciding to stay is a significant boost for them.
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