Conor Murray has signed a new two-year Munster deal

Last Updated: 10/12/13 2:14pm

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Conor Murray has decided to stay with Munster

Conor Murray has decided to stay with Munster

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Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray will be staying with Munster until at least June 2016, after signing a new two-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Murray, 24, has reportedly rejected approaches from the Top 14 to remain with Munster in a deal which has been funded by the IRFU.

Having made his debut for Ireland in 2011, Murray has gone on to win 22 caps, while he was part of this summer's British and Irish Lions squad during their successful tour of Australia.

He came off the bench in the second Test defeat and also in the series-clinching third Test victory in Sydney.

Murray made his senior debut for Munster against Connacht in 2010, having graduated from the academy, and has since made 49 appearances for the province, scoring six tries.

Thrilled

"I'm thrilled to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing my rugby with Munster," he said.

"In 2013 I learned a lot as a player with my club, Ireland and the Lions, and I hope to continue to develop and push for honours over the coming years."

Munster coach Rob Penney said: "Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings, not only to Munster, but also to the national team.

"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."

However, Murray will be on the sidelines for the next six weeks after suffering medial ligament damage to his right knee during Sunday's 36-8 Heineken Cup victory over Perpignan.

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