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Five sign Munster contract extensions

Updated: Friday, 16 Mar 2012 12:59

Johne Murphy
Johne Murphy

Johne Murphy, Duncan Williams, John Ryan, Marcus Horan and Sean Scanlon have all signed contract extensions for Munster.

Murphy, Williams and Ryan have penned two-year deals while Horan and Scanlon have agreed one-year extensions.

In addition, JJ Hanrahan (centre), Dave O’Callaghan (wing-forward), Luke O’Dea (wing), Cathal Sheridan (scrum-half) and Alan Cotter (prop) progress from Academy to Development contracts.

The latest announcements come at the end of a busy week that started with news that Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan, Denis Hurley, Billy Holland and Tommy O’Donnell had all agreed two-year deals. Two others whose contracts were due for renewal, Wian du Preez and Doug Howlett, had last month agreed new deals.

Another addition to the Munster squad is former Ulster Academy, Ulster Ravens and Ireland U19 wing-forward Sean Dougal, who joins from Rotherham Titans on a one-year contract.

The 22-year-old played against Munster in the semi-final of the B&I Cup in April 2010 but subsequently suffered a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined until this season when he's been a regular - and captain in the absence of team captain Sam Dickinson - in the Titans side.