Munster lock Donnacha Ryan has rejected a lucrative move abroad and instead signed a three-year extension to his contract with the IRFU.
Earlier this week, scrum-half Conor Murray signed a contract extension to 2016; Ryan’s deal will keep him in the country until 2017.
"I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue my playing career with Munster,” said Ryan in a set-piece statement issued by the IRFU.
“It is an exciting time to be involved in Irish rugby and I hope to play an important role in achieving success for both Munster and Ireland.”
IRFU, CEO, Philip Browne, said: "Donnacha has proven his worth to Irish rugby with his intelligent and high intensity performances for both Munster and Ireland. The IRFU are delighted to secure his future in Ireland for the next three years.”
Munster Coach Rob Penney added: "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 asset for the squad as well as the key leadership role he plays both on and off the field.”
Ryan made his senior debut for Munster against Ospreys in September 2004 but phis pathway to the first-team was hindered for some time by senior internationals ahead of him.
The Munster Rugby academy graduate has made 123 appearances for Munster and has scored 7 tries.
He made his Ireland debut in the 17-3 win over Argentina in November 2008 and has won 30 caps, the last of which came during the Six Nations defeat to Italy last March.