'Finally some good news for Munster' - Fans' relief as Murray and Earls commit future to native province
After a sobering European campaign and fears over a departure of their best players, Munster fans heaved a collective sigh of relief today as Conor Murray and Keith Earls signed new three-year deals.
The pair have signed new IRFU deals that will see the stars remain at Munster through to the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and supporters took to social media to voice their pleasure at the announcement.
Speculation surrounding Earls’ future had intensified after the Irish Independent revealed that Aviva Premiership side Saracens had offered the utility back a three-year contract, but both players have signed three-year deals with the province.
“I am delighted to have signed a new IRFU contract to allow me to continue playing my rugby in Ireland and I look forward to playing my role in bringing success to both Munster and Ireland,” Earls said today.
Murray made his senior debut for Munster against Connacht in April 2010 and won the first of his 42 Ireland caps against France in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2011 and his new deal added to a day of positive news for Anthony Foley.
Here is a flavour of the reaction:
Congrats on the new deal @ConorMurray_9 all the best in the 6 nations. I'll be over to watch a game.— DM (@DavidMeyler7) January 27, 2016
Hope Conor Murray & Keith Earls quashing rumours of leaving by signing 3 year contracts with Munster Rugby is the start of a new beginning— Matt O'Callaghan (@MattOCall) January 27, 2016
@Munsterrugby great to hear Keith Earls and Conor Murray will be wearing the red jersey in the years ahead— Jan O'Sullivan (@JanOSullivanTD) January 27, 2016
Keith Earls was signing for Saracens a day ago, now getting 3-year Irish contract. Showing Marty how it's done there.— Demented Mole (@dementedmole) January 27, 2016