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Big News For Munster As Contract Extensions Confirmed, Departures Also Announced

Big News For Munster As Contract Extensions Confirmed, Departures Also Announced

Munster have announced that both Jaco Taute and Ian Keatley have signed contract extensions at the province.

Taute initially joined Munster in September as injury cover for Francis Saili and Sam Arnold.

Such has been the South African's impact at Thomond Park, Munster have agreed a two-year contract for Taute which will seem him remain in Limerick until 2019.

The signing of Taute means Francis Saili will depart after two seasons with Munster.

A two-year extension has also been announced for Keatley. The 30-year-old found himself down the pecking order this season following the rise of Tyler Bleyendaal to first choice out-half.

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However, he has played well when given an opportunity. Still, considering that JJ Hanrahan will return to Ireland after his stint with Northampton in the Aviva Premiership, it is somewhat surprising to see that Munster have given Keatley a new deal.

It has also been confirmed that Donnacha Ryan will leave Munster to join Ronan O'Gara at Racing 92.

In addition, prop Peter McCabe and lock John Madigan will depart while both Cian Bohane and Mark Chisholm are retiring from rugby.

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