James Cronin U-turn as he and Mike Sherry sign on with Munster
Munster have received a much-needed lift with the news home-grown front-rows James Cronin and Mike Sherry have committed their future to the province.
Loosehead prop Cronin has agreed to a three-year deal to remain at Thomond Park, with Limerick-born hooker Sherry signing a two-year contract.
The news came as a shock yesterday after sources close to Cronin had intimated that he was close to a move to England, where London Irish were keen on his services. However, Munster improved their offer and offered the Cork native long-term security to keep the 25-year-old on board until 2019.
Sherry's new deal will come as a source of satisfaction to the Ireland international, whose career looked in doubt due to a series of serious injuries in recent times. The 27-year-old has enjoyed an injury-free run in recent weeks and has been an impressive performer despite the province's poor form.
However, it wasn't all good news for Munster as BJ Botha was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury against Stade Francais last weekend. It means the former Springbok has played his last game for the province as he is expected to leave in the summer.
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