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Donnacha Ryan signs new three-year deal to remain with Munster

Last Updated: 15/12/13 5:09pm

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Donnacha Ryan: Had been a reported target for London Irish

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Donnacha Ryan has committed to Munster until the summer of 2017 after signing a new three-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

The second-row forward, who can play at either lock or flanker, has spent the last nine seasons with Munster after graduating from their academy.

The 30-year-old broke into the first team in 2004 and has also made 28 appearances for Ireland.

Munster coach Rob Penney said: "We are delighted that Donnacha has signed a new IRFU contract which will ensure that he remains a Munster player until the end of the 2017 season.

"Donnacha's quality and versatility will continue to be major assets for the squad as well as the key leadership role he plays both on and off the field."

Ryan had been linked with a move to London Irish, who are keen to increase the number of Irish players in their squad following their takeover by a consortium headed by Irish businessman Mick Crossan.

Philip Brown, chief executive of the IRFU, was pleased that Ryan has decided to stay in Ireland for the foreseeable future.

Brown said: "Donnacha has proven his worth to Irish rugby with his intelligent and high-intensity performances for both Munster and Ireland.

"The IRFU is delighted to secure his future in Ireland for the next three years."

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