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Friday 18 April 2014

Conor Murray signs IRFU contract

Munster's Conor Murray during squad training
Munster's Conor Murray during squad training

Conor Murray has signed a new two year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2016.

The 24 year-old made his senior debut for Munster against Connacht in April 2010. 

The Munster Rugby academy graduate has made 49 appearances for Munster and has scored six tries.  

He made his Ireland debut against France in a World Cup warm-up in August 2011.

The 24 year-old has won 22 caps and has scored two international tries.  His last appearance for Ireland was in November 2013 against New Zealand in the recent Guinness Series reverse.

 "I am thrilled to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing my rugby with Munster.  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,” the player said.

Meanwhile, IRFU CEO, Philip Browne, said: "Conor has made a significant impact on Munster and Irish rugby since making his breakthrough in 2011.  We are delighted that he has signed a new contract that will keep him at Munster until the end of the 2016 season.”

And Munster Coach Rob Penney said: "We are delighted that Conor has signed a new IRFU contract which will secure him to Munster until the end of the 2016 season.  Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings to not only Munster but to the national team as well  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.”

Murray was selected for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and featured in seven of the Lions' tour matches including the final two Test matches.  He scored two tries for the Lions touching down against Combined NSW-QLD Country and the Melbourne Rebels.

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