Munster quartet re-sign

Date published: January 21 2015

Munster and the IRFU have confirmed the player contract extensions of Andrew Conway, Dave O’Callaghan, Johnny Holland and Eusebio Guinazu.

Winger Conway has put pen to paper on a one-year deal that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2016. Since joining from Leinster at the start of the 2013/14 season the Dublin man has played 25 times, scoring six tries.

Second-row and back-row O’Callaghan has also signed a one-year contract. As a final year academy player he made his PRO12 debut against the Ospreys in October 2011 in Thomond Park, and during the same season made his European debut off the bench against Northampton Saints.

Development player Holland has signed a two-year contract, advancing from development to full contract status for the second year. The 23-year-old fly-half is currently rehabbing a long-term hamstring injury. A product of the Munster Rugby academy the Cork-man moved to the senior set-up at the start of this season and has 4 Munster caps. He made his league debut against Cardiff Blues in November 2013.

In addition to the above, hooker/prop Eusebio Guinazu has signed an extension that will see him remain with the province until the end of this season. Guinazu a short-term signing since the end of September has proved to be a valuable addition to the squad with ongoing injuries limiting player availability at hooker and prop. The 33-year-old Argentinian international has made eight appearances for the province.

“These latest signings are a huge boost for the club and are a significant step forward in shaping our squad for the future,” said Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald.

“Retaining younger talent is vital for our progression, and on the back of the news about Ian Keatley, Shane Buckley, Cian Bohane, Kevin O’Byrne and Jack O’Donoghue we are certainly in a good place as players continue to show their commitment and ambition to succeed with the province.”