Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O'Mahony has signed a two-year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

O'Mahony made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012.

He has won 74 caps and captained his country on eight occasions. 

A Lions tourist in 2017, he also captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

The 31-year-old has represented Munster on 141 occasions and was named captain of his province in 2013.

Currently serving a three-match ban after being sent off in the opening Guinness Six Nations defeat to Wales, the flanker faces huge competition to retain his place in the Ireland back-row in face of competition from the likes of Rhys Ruddock, Tadhg Beirne, Caelan Doris and the up-and-coming Gavin Coombes and Ryan Baird.

He follows Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton, vice-captain James Ryan and lock Iain Henderson in agreeing new terms with the IRFU.

Asked about the deals for O'Mahony and Sexton, head coach Andy Farrell told reporters at lunchtime: "It's fantastic news.

"They are two very important pieces of our jigsaw going forward, for all sorts of reason and they are delighted to get their contracts over the line and settle their futures and we are even more so delighted for them."

O'Mahony said: "It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

"There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware.

"However, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch."

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said: "Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad. 

"He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster."

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