Munster's Donnacha Ryan has signed a new three-year contract that will see him remain with the province until June 2017.

Ryan made his senior debut for Munster against Ospreys in September 2004 and has since gone on to make 123 appearances.  

His first cap for Ireland came in the 17-3 win over Argentina in November 2008.  

Commenting on the new contract Donnacha Ryan said: "I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue my playing career with Munster.

"It is an exciting time to be involved in Irish rugby and I hope to play an important role in achieving success for both Munster and Ireland.”  

Meanwhile, it was confirmed today that Samoan-born centre Casey Laulala will be leaving the province at the end of the current season.

The 31-year-old former All Black joined Munster at the start of the 2012/13 season and has been attracting the interest of several European clubs recently.