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Denis Hurley signs new deal while Munster confirm Dougall and Butler exits


Denis Hurley scored one of Munster's seven tries

Denis Hurley scored one of Munster's seven tries

Denis Hurley scored one of Munster's seven tries

Denis Hurley has signed a new one-year deal with the province on the same day it was revealed that Paddy Butler and Sean Dougall will not have their contracts renewed at the end of the season.

Currently in his ninth season with Munster Rugby Denis Hurley has signed a one-year contract extension that will see him remain with the province until June 2016.

A product of the Munster academy the Cork-born player has made 144 appearances, scoring 12 tries, his most recent against Saracens at Allianz Park. 

This season he is a regular at first centre but for previous years he has featured on the wing or at fullback.  The 30-year-old made his Munster debut in May 2006 against Llanelli Scarlets and went on to make his Heineken Cup debut against Gloucester in the 2008 quarter-final at Kingsholm. He won an international senior cap against USA in June 2009 and has represented Ireland 'A' on 9 occasions.

 "In re-signing Denis we are maintaining the services of a talented and experienced individual," head coach Anthony Foley said. "Denis has always shown his leadership qualities and versatility, providing us with a number of options across the backline.”

Dougall and Butler will depart the province at the end of the current season.  Both players did not seek to renew their contracts which expire at the end of the current season, and it was confirmed earlier today that Sean Dougall is moving to French Pro D2 side Pau Rugby.

"It is always disappointing to see guys leave," Foley said. "In professional sport you have to be ambitious, and players are eager to secure game time, but with the backrow being such a competitive area within our squad it is an ongoing challenge to satisfy all parties. 

"We wish both players the very best of luck for the future, but before then they have a job to do here.  Knowing Paddy and Sean they will want to achieve success with this squad and give it their all for the remainder of the season.”

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