Peter Stringer will not return to Munster next season after it was confirmed he will take up a permanent deal with English club Bath.

The Heineken Cup and Grand Slam winning scrum-half has had highly successful loan spells with several English clubs in recent seasons but has struggled for game time at Munster, where Tomas O’Leary and Conor Murray have been favoured.

Speaking about his decision, Stringer said: "I still feel like I have a lot to give on the rugby field, and really wanted to keep on playing, so was happy to agree a new contract here. I've really enjyoed my time with Bath so far, and am looking forward to next season already."

Bath head coach Gary Gold said: "Strings has been fantastic for us in the short time he has been here so far, so we're really pleased he's agreed to stay here for next season rather than going back to Ireland.

"He is the consummate professional in everything he does, both on and off the field, and that sets a great example for the entire squad."