Munster and the IRFU have confirmed that Ian Keatley and young trio Cian Bohane, Shane Buckley and Jack O’Donoghue have inked new contracts.
Keatley has signed a two-year contract that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2017 while development players Shane Buckley and Cian Bohane, and Greencore Academy player Jack O’Donoghue have all committed their immediate futures to the Irish province.
Keatley joined Munster at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign after three seasons with Connacht. The Dublin-born fly-half has gone on to make 89 appearances for the province, scoring 703 points since he made his debut against the Dragons in Musgrave Park in September 2011.
The 27-year-old is one of three players to score over 1000 points in the league, achieving the milestone in November’s game against Ulster.
Development player Buckley has signed a one-year contract extension that will see the back-row remain with Munster until at least June 2016.
Fellow Cork-man and development player Bohane has also signed a one-year extension for 2015/16, and will progress to a full contract at the start of the 2016/17 season. A product of the Munster Rugby academy the 23-year-old centre is currently rehabbing a long-term knee injury.
Meanwhile, third year Greencore Academy back-row forward Jack O’Donoghue, 20, has penned a three-year deal which will see him advance to development status for season 2015/16 and full contract status from 2016/17.
“We are extremely pleased that this group of players have committed their talents to the province. Ian is into his fourth season with us and continues to grow, and impress. He leads by example with his commitment and attitude and we are fortunate to have him in our side. He showed great composure last week to kick in difficult conditions and like great tens before him he can certainly kick a drop-goal when needed,” head coach Anthony Foley told Munster Rugby.
“It is always rewarding when securing up and coming home-grown talent such as Bohane, Buckley, O’Byrne and O’Donoghue, and is a testament to what we have to offer here in Munster. We have guys that are highly sought after in a competitive environment and it’s great for our squad to know that these guys want to contribute to their home province and compete for the jersey. We have only seen glimpses of what these young players can do and we look forward to guiding their development.”