Saturday 16 December 2017

IRFU's magnificent Seven

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CONOR MURRAY

Interest from Racing Metro and Toulon couldn't sway the Lions scrum-half, who committed to Munster on a new two-year deal on December 12. DONE DEAL

DONNACHA RYAN

Despite a visit to the facilities at Perpignan and strong interest from London Irish and two other clubs, the Munster second-row agreed a three-year contract to remain at Thomond Park on December 15. DONE DEAL

RORY BEST

A key leader in the set-ups for both Ulster and Ireland, few expected Best to leave and he extended his stay at his home province by two years on December 17. DONE DEAL

SEAN O'BRIEN

The Leinster back-row turned down Toulon's lucrative offer to move to France at the 11th hour and recommitted his future for a further two years last week. DONE DEAL

PAUL O'CONNELL

Despite mentioning his regret at never playing abroad, the Ireland captain didn't look a likely candidate for an end-of-career sojourn and will finish his career at Munster after penning a two-year extension. DONE DEAL

KEITH EARLS

The Munster winger was the subject of strong interest from London Irish, but opted to sign a new deal this week. DONE DEAL

JAMIE HEASLIP

The last of the big guns to commit, he was courted by Montpellier and Toulon and visited the European champions over Christmas. That he opted to commit on a three-year deal yesterday, is a major boost to the IRFU. DONE DEAL

Irish Independent

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