Former New Zealand international Doug Howlett has committed his immediate future to Munster.
The 31-year-old, who has made 49 appearances for Munster, has signed a new 12-month contract with the option of a further year.
And Howlett admitted that he is relieved to be extending his stay at Thomond Park.
"Obviously I'm delighted to be remaining on here with Munster." Howlett said.
"Professionally it's been a good move for me and on the personal side my family are enjoying our time here and are very happy to remain for the immediate future.
"With the contract side of things now settled I'm looking forward to what I believe will be a very exciting second part of the season and hoping to play my part in helping Munster achieve success on the field."
Munster coach Tony McGahan believes Howlett's experience will be vital for the club, particularly next season.
McGahan said: "I'm delighted we're retaining the services of a player of Doug's proven calibre.
"Doug's contribution to the squad and management on and off the field has been central to our success since he arrived here two years ago.
"Next season is going to be particularly challenging given it's a World Cup season. With our commitment to the international squad we would expect to be introducing more and more of our emerging young players. So it will be very advantageous to have a player of his quality and experience to call on.
"It's great news for Munster Rugby."