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THE Cork home of Munster rugby is to be renamed Irish Independent Park. Musgrave Park will be rebranded as Irish Independent Park, under a ten-year partnership agreement between Munster Rugby and Independent News & Media (INM).

Opened in 1940, the Cork facility is one of the most famous rugby grounds in the country and witnessed the first ever triumph by an Irish provincial side over international tourists when Australia were beaten in 1967.

A key element of the partnership agreement will be assistance with a major redevelopment of the Ballyphehane ground.

"Munster Rugby is delighted that INM have committed to such a significant, long-term partnership," Munster Rugby chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said.

"The naming of Irish Independent Park allows Munster Rugby to progress on our redevelopment of the grounds and commit to our rugby future here."

INM chairman Leslie Buckley said it was a proud day for both organisations.

"This is hallowed ground for Munster Rugby and particularly for Cork supporters. The Irish Independent has a strong affinity with Munster rugby which is underpinned by our weekly rugby pull-out exclusively for our Munster readers.

"We now look forward to positively and successfully building upon that relationship."