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RugbyU: Scrum-half Murray signs new two-year deal with Munster


Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray will stay at Munster until June 2016 after signing a new two-year contract with the Irish rugby federation (IRFU).

The 24-year-old has won 22 caps for Ireland and was also selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, featuring in seven of the tour matches including the final two Tests.

"I am thrilled to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue playing my rugby with Munster," said Murray, who has seen half-back partner Jonathan Sexton move to Racing-Metro in the Top 14.

"In 2013 I learned a lot as a player with my club, Ireland and the Lions and I hope to continue to develop and push for honours over the coming years."

IRFU chief executive officer Philip Browne said: "Conor has made a significant impact on Munster and Irish rugby since making his breakthrough in 2011.

"We are delighted that he has signed a new contract that will keep him at Munster until the end of the 2016 season."

Munster coach Rob Penney said he was "delighted", adding: "Conor has illustrated in recent months the value he brings to not only Munster but to the national team as well.

"At 24 he is still a young guy and he has the potential to go on to become one of the best scrum-halves in the game."