Munster have been handed a major boost with the news that Peter O'Mahony has signed a new contract which will see him remain with the province for the next three years.

The current Munster captain has agreed a deal with the IRFU and his province which will run until June 2018.

Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O'Mahony's situation, but the talismanic back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots.

O'Mahony made his senior debut for Munster against Ulster in January 2010 and has since made 68 appearances for Munster scoring 10 tries.

Commenting on the news, the Munster back row said: "I am delighted to have signed a new three year contract with Munster and the IRFU.

"Munster is my home province; the team I've grown up supporting and am honoured to both represent and captain.

"I look forward to working hard with my team mates, coaching staff and management to achieve continued success for both Munster and Ireland in the years ahead."

The IRFU's Performance Director, David Nucifora hailed O'Mahony's decision to sign and said: "Peter's performances for Ireland over the past few seasons have been exceptional.

"The esteem in which he is held by Irish rugby is reflected in the fact that at the age of just 25 he has already captained his country and province.

"Leadership is just one of the many qualities he brings to Munster and Ireland and we are delighted that he has committed to Irish Rugby.”