Munster prop James Cronin will depart the province at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old loosehead, who came through the Munster academy, has made 142 appearances for the first team since making his debut against Leinster in 2013.

"It's with great regret that I announce my time with Munster Rugby will end this summer," said Cronin, who won the last of his three Ireland caps against France in 2016.

"It's been a dream of mine to represent my province since I threw on my first jersey as a six- year-old kid and I take great pride in knowing I’ve represented my province 142 times and my country on three occasions.

"I have made many life-long friends in my time playing here and have learnt so much from some great men, most notably the late Garrett Fitzgerald and Anthony Foley, and I thank everyone that I’ve worked with from my days in the sub academy to the current day.

"I want to say a special thanks to my family and friends who have always been with me for the highs, but also the lows, that come with professional rugby. To all the Munster fans also a big thank you.

"I’m excited for my next rugby chapter and giving everything like I have done in my career so far."

Cronin has made 16 appearances for Munster this season including 13 starts, which is his most in a single campaign.

"We are very thankful to James for everything he has done for Munster over his nine-year career with the province," said Munster head coach Johann van Graan.

"It’s always difficult to lose homegrown talent of James’ calibre, someone who has always delivered for his home club.

"This is the unfortunate side of professional sport and the current environment we find ourselves in as we are unable to retain the services of a player of his quality.

"We wish James all the best for the future."

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