Hurley staying, duo to exit Munster

Date published: January 30 2015

Munster and the Irish Rugby Football Union have confirmed that centre or full-back Denis Hurley has signed a contract extension with the province.

It has also been confirmed this week that back-rowers Paddy Butler and Sean Dougall will leave the Guinness PRO12 province at the end of the campaign.

Both players did not seek to renew their contracts, and it was confirmed that openside flanker Dougall is moving to French Pro D2 side Pau Rugby.

Currently in his ninth season with Munster, Hurley has signed a one-year contract extension that will see him remain with the team until June 2016.

“In re-signing Denis we are maintaining the services of a talented and experienced individual. Denis has always shown his leadership qualities and versatility, providing us with a number of options across the backline,” head coach Anthony Foley told Munster Rugby.

Commenting on the player departures Foley added: “It is always disappointing to see guys leave. In professional sport you have to be ambitious, and players are eager to secure game time, but with the back-row being such a competitive area within our squad it is an ongoing challenge to satisfy all parties.

“We wish both players the very best of luck for the future but before then they have a job to do here. Knowing Paddy and Sean they will want to achieve success with this squad and give it their all for the remainder of the season.”