The IRFU have announced that Keith Earls and Denis Leamy have both penned contract extensions that will see them stay with Munster until 2014.

Earls returned to training with the Ireland squad on Tuesday, after missing Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home against Wales on Sunday.

"I'm excited about getting back in with the Ireland squad this week and hopefully getting the chance to play against France this weekend in the tournament," he said.

"I'm really happy to get my contract completed as well. Munster has been my only home as a player and growing up only a few hundred yards from Thomond Park, it was always a dream to play for them and to represent Ireland, so I’m delighted to remain a Munster player.'

Leamy, who is currently recovering from surgery on a hip injury was equally as happy with he new deal and said: "I'm delighted that my contract has been sorted and that I can concentrate on getting back on the field as soon as possible.

"I've achieved a lot in my career, winning the Six Nations as well as Heineken and Magners league titles, but there is always the desire to try to continue that and achieve even more.

"It also makes it more pleasing to do that with Munster and to remain here in Ireland with my home province."