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03rd Apr 2024

Conor Murray signs new Munster deal as province confirms three nice bits of business

Patrick McCarry

Conor Murray

The show goes on for Conor Murray.

Munster has announced a one-year contract extension for scrumhalf Conor Murray, keeping him with the province until the end of the 2024/25 season, at least.

The reigning United Rugby Championship title-holders confirmed contract extensions for three squad players, this afternoon (April 3). A statement from Munster reads:

‘Munster Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to confirm contract extensions for Conor Murray and Jack Daly with Brian Gleeson to be promoted from the Academy to the senior squad next season.

‘Murray and Daly have signed one-year extensions with Gleeson moving up to the senior squad on a two-year deal. Gleeson is one of five Academy players moving up to the senior squad next year with Tony Butler, Ethan Coughlan, Mark Donnelly and Edwin Edogbo also signing two-year deals.

‘Conor Murray is one of the most decorated scrum-halfs in world rugby with 116 Ireland caps and three British & Irish Lions tours to his name. A former St Munchin’s College student, the Garryowen man won his fifth 6 Nations title with Ireland last month and earned his second league title with Munster last season.

‘The 34-year-old has made 185 Munster appearances and scored 34 tries for the province to date and was named on World Rugby’s Team of the Decade in 2019.’

Conor Murray
Conor Murray of Munster celebrates as teammate Diarmuid Barron scores their side’s frst try during the United Rugby Championship Final, at DHL Stadium in Cape Town. (Photo by Nic Bothma/Sportsfile)

Two extra deals, along with Conor Murray extension

The Munster statement continues, ’25-year-old flanker Jack Daly came up through the ranks at Castleisland RFC and made his Munster debut against Zebre in 2020.

‘Daly joined the Academy in 2018, moved up to the senior squad in 2021 and plays his AIL rugby with Garryowen. A former Ireland U20 international, he made his Champions Cup debut against Toulouse in the quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium in 2022.

’20-year-old Gleeson moves up to the senior squad after just one year in the Academy that has seen him score one try in nine senior appearances. Currently out of action with an ankle injury, he had already made three Champions Cup appearances before turning 20.

‘The powerful back-row forward was a Grand Slam winner with the Ireland U20s last year. plays his AIL rugby with Garryowen and came up through the ranks at Thurles RFC and Rockwell College.

Munster face Northampton Saints, this Sunday, in the Last 16 of the Champions Cup, at Franklin’s Gardens.


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