Quintet boost Munster

Murphy, Williams, Ryan, Horan and Scanlon latest to commit

Last Updated: 16/03/12 10:46am

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Johne Murphy: Signed a two year contract extension with Munster

Johne Murphy: Signed a two year contract extension with Munster

Munster have been handed a boost with the news five more of their current squad have signed contract extensions.

Johne Murphy, Duncan Williams, John Ryan, Marcus Horan and Sean Scanlon are the latest to commit to the Thomand Park side.

Murphy, Williams and Ryan have penned two year deals, while Horan and Scanlon have agreed one year extensions.

In more good news for the RaboDirect PRO12 side, JJ Hanrahan (centre), Dave O'Callaghan (flanker), Luke O'Dea (winger), Cathal Sheridan (scrum-half) and Alan Cotter (prop) progress from academy to development contracts.

Busy week

The latest announcements come at the end of a busy week that started with news that Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan, Denis Hurley, Billy Holland and Tommy O'Donnell had all agreed two year deals.

Two others whose contracts were due for renewal - Wian du Preez and Doug Howlett - had last month agreed new deals.

A further interesting addition to the Munster squad is former Ulster Academy, Ulster Ravens and Ireland U19 wing-forward Sean Dougal, who joins from Rotherham Titans on a one year contract.

The 22-year-old played against Munster in the semi-final of the B&I Cup in April 2010 but subsequently suffered a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined until this season when he has been a regular - and captain in the absence of team captain Sam Dickinson - in the Titans side.

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