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Donncha O'Callaghan staying put

Munster lock agrees three-year deal.

Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

MUNSTER AND IRELAND star Donncha O’Callaghan has committed his future to the IRFU after signing a new three-year contract with the union.

O’Callaghan, who will line out for Ireland this Saturday against Samoa to win his 65th cap, penned a new international contract that will see him remain with the southern province until 2014.

The IRFU website quotes the lock as saying:

As players we are so well looked after by both the national and provincial management teams and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to play the sport I love for both Ireland and Munster,’ O’Callaghan said.

Munster is my home province and the decision to continue my career here was an easy one when you consider the standard of players in the squad and the incredible support I have received from both the fans and my family.

My focus now is to try and perform as well as I can to help Munster and Ireland to be successful.’

Munster coach Tony McGahan welcomed the news: “We’re obviously delighted that Donnacha has agreed an extension of his contract.” He added:

I believe it’s a massive boost for Munster given the strong interest there was in him from overseas clubs with far greater financial resources than Munster.

He’s a hugely ambitious competitive character and I think this sends a clear message concerning that ambition and where it will be best served. Here in Ireland with Munster.

I think it’s also a very encouraging sign for younger players to see a player of his calibre and universal appeal showing the loyalty and commitment he has done by agreeing this new deal.’

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