Conor Murray Ends All Speculation & Signs New Deal With Munster & IRFU

Paola Ditto
Октября 11, 2018

Murray, the British and Irish Lions scrum-half, has signed a three-year extension to his contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union, turning down a number of lucrative offers overseas.

Limerick man Murray is now sidelined with a neck injury.

His previous IRFU contract was due to end after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and he had recently been linked with a move to several French Top14 clubs.

Since making his Ireland debut against France in 2011, Murray has formed a formidable half-back partnership Johnny Sexton and the pair are seen as pivotal to Ireland's rise up to second place in the world rankings. He started every game of the 2014 and 2015 Six Nations Championship successes as well wearing the No 9 jersey in every game of the 2018 Grand Slam campaign.

Murray was also a part of the first Irish side to ever win a Test in South Africa in June 2016, and the first side ever to beat New Zealand later that same year in Chicago, scoring a try in a memorable victory for Ireland.

He started all three Tests in the recent series success over Australia Down Under and has represented Ireland at two Rugby World Cups, playing in both the 2011 and 2015 tournaments.

The 29 year-old will instead remain in Ireland until at least 2022 after signing a new deal, which the IRFU swiftly concluded last month, underscoring his importance to Joe Schmidt's squad.

"Over the past few seasons I've enjoyed great days in the green of Ireland and the red of my home province Munster".

"He has illustrated this through the consistent quality of the performances he delivers for both Ireland and Munster", said Nucifora.

"He has played a central role in driving the success that has been achieved at national level and we are delighted that he will continue to play his rugby in Ireland for at least the next three seasons".

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