Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract until June 2022.
The Munster playmaker’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season and he had been linked with a move to Racing 92.
Murray will not be following Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan to Paris, though, after putting pen to paper on an Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) extension.
The 29-year-old said: “I am delighted to have signed on with the IRFU until at least 2022.
“Over the past few seasons I’ve enjoyed great days in the green of Ireland and the red of my home province Munster. I love playing here and look forward to making more life long memories in the next few years.”
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 10, 2018
IRFU performance director David Nucifora hailed the British and Irish Lions pivot’s decision to stay put as a huge tonic for club and country.
“Conor is a genuinely world-class player and he has illustrated this through the consistent quality of the performances he delivers for both Ireland and Munster,” he said.
“He has played a central role in driving the success that has been achieved at national level, and we are delighted that he will continue to play his rugby in Ireland for at least the next three seasons.”
Murray is currently sidelined with a neck injury, which will keep him out of Munster’s European Champions Cup opener at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
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