Ireland and Munster scrum-half Conor Murray has signed an IRFU contract extension which will see him stay with the province until June 2022.

The 29 year old's deal was due to expire after next year's World Cup but a statement from the IRFU today revealed he signed the extension last month.

Murray has yet to play this season as he recovers from a neck injury. His previous contract was believed to be worth in the region of €550,000.

"I am delighted to have signed on with the IRFU until at least 2022," said Murray. "Over the past few seasons, I’ve enjoyed great days in the green of Ireland and the red of my home province Munster. I love playing here and look forward to making more life-long memories in the next few years."

Since making his international debut against France in August 2011, Murray has won 67 caps for Ireland. He started every game of the 2014 and 2015 Six Nations Championship successes as well wearing the No 9 jersey in every game of the 2018 Grand Slam campaign.

The Limerick native played a central role in Ireland’s first victory over the Springbok on South African soil in 2016 and later that year again starred in Ireland’s first win over New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago.He started all three Tests in the recent series success over Australia.

Murray has represented Ireland at two Rugby World Cups, playing in both the 2011 and 2015 tournaments. A two-time British and Irish Lions tourist, the scrum-half has featured in five Test matches for the Lions including starting all three Tests against New Zealand in 2017.

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Murray made his Munster debut against Connacht in 2010 and has represented the province on 116 occasions scoring 142 points and winning a Celtic League title in 2011.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, said: "Conor is a genuinely world class player and he has illustrated this through the consistent quality of the performances he delivers for both Ireland and Munster.

"He has played a central role in driving the success that has been achieved at national level and we are delighted that he will continue to play his rugby in Ireland for at least the next three seasons."