With much speculation surrounding Simon Zebo's future, and the atmosphere at Thomond Park at a particularly low ebb, Munster have been handed a major boost with news that scrum-half Conor Murray is likely to renew his contract with the province.
Murray's contract is due to expire at the end of this season, but he has revealed that negotiations to renew are underway and are likely to be completed after Munster's European season. Murray was quoted as saying that:
This is a great club, a great set-up, it’s my home and there’s an unbelievable set-up here. It’s almost a no-brainer, I’d love to continue playing here.
Murray, aged just 26, is integral to both Munster and Ireland, so his plans to remain in Ireland will be welcomed by both Anthony Foley and Joe Schmidt.
In contrast to Murray, Simon Zebo is undecided upon his Munster future. He hinted last week that the financial rewards on offer in France may tempt him to leave Munster, saying that, 'I have supported Munster all of my life. It always will mean a great deal to me. But at the end of the day, rugby is a business and you can’t get swallowed up'.
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