Nick McCarthy will be the next Leinster player to make a one-way trip down the M7, as he joins Andrew Conway and Joey Carbery at Munster from the start of next season.

McCarthy will join the southern province on a two-year deal as understudy to Conor Murray, having found his first-team opportunities at Leinster limited due to Jamison Gibson Park and the incumbent Luke McGrath.

Former Leinster lock Tadhg Beirne also joined the province via Scarlets last summer, while assistant coach Felix Jones is a former Leinster full-back who found a home at Thomond Park.

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Munster have announced that Chris Farrell, Chris Cloete, James Cronin, Neil Cronin and Tommy O’Donnell have all signed contract extensions, while scrum-half McCarthy will join from Leinster next campaign. 

Farrell, who joined the province at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will see him remain with the province until 2022, while Cloete has added two years onto his current three-year deal bringing him up to 2022 also.

O’Donnell, James Cronin and Neil Cronin have all signed two-year contract extensions until June 2021.

The 23-year-old has made 30 appearances in blue to date, scoring three tries.

Academy players Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly will also join the senior ranks next season.