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Johne Murphy joins Paul O'Connell and nine others for Munster exit door

Published 03/06/2015 | 17:11

Johne Murphy will not be part of the 2015/16 Munster squad.
Johne Murphy will not be part of the 2015/16 Munster squad.

Munster have revealed the final list of eleven players that will not be part of their squad next season.

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JJ Hanrahan, Paddy Butler, Alan Cotter and Sean Dougall were already confirmed departures, along with the announcement that Ireland captain Paul O'Connell's time in a Munster jersey has come to an end.

Today the province confirmed that Ivan Dineen, Martin Kelly, Johne Murphy, Barry O'Mahony and Andrew Smith will depart the two-time Heineken Cup winners.

In addition to the above players Damien Varley confirmed his retirement from rugby earlier this season.

"We would like to thank all of the players for their commitment and service to Munster Rugby," Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said. "We wish them every success in the future as they advance to the next stage of their careers on and off the field."

For the coming season the confirmed incoming players include Tomás O'Leary and Francis Saili, with Jordan Coghlan, Jack O'Donoghue, Darren Sweetnam and Peter McCabe all joining on development contracts. McCabe, a Dolphin RFC prop, is the latest player to sign with the province.

The squad recently gathered for their informal end of season lunch where the departing players were honoured on the day with a screening of career highlights, presentations and words of thanks and best wishes from nominated colleagues.

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