Friday 20 September 2019

Tadhg Beirne extends Munster deal while Leinster target Craig Casey signs first pro contract

Tadhg Beirne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tadhg Beirne. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

AFTER a week of turbulence which has seen them lose two of their coaching staff, Munster have been able to announce the retention of two high-profile players – one of them snubbing Leinster in the process.

Tadhg Beirne has already signed a two-year extension to his contract, despite already signing a two-year deal upon joining the province from Scarlets last summer.

Since then, he has become an Irish international and has predominantly enjoyed good form with his province, albeit like many of his team-mates struggled in the latter stages of European competition.

Meanwhile, exciting scrum-half, 20-year-old Craig Casey, who was recently named academy player of the year, has signed his first professional contract with Munster despite the attentions of Leinster.

Casey was part of the Ireland U20 Grand Slam squad this year and he will move onto a development contract next season before advancing onto a full senior deal in 2020.

Earlier this week, Munster revealed that two if their assistant coaches, Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery, had rejected new contracts and will leave their roles this summer.

Ahead of Munster's Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against Leinster in the RDS tomorrow week, Keith Earls and Joey Carbery remain in a race against time to be fit for the contest.

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