Holland and Nagle in action against the Scarlets in December. Inpho/Billy Stickland

Munster hand new contract to Holland as Nagle is sent out on loan

The new deal ensures the 28-year-old will remain at Munster until 2016.

THE HIERARCHY Of Munster second rows has been underlined today with news of two of the province’s back-up locks.

28-year-old Billy Holland has signed a new two-year-deal. The versatile forward can also play in the back row and featured in every Pro12 match last season on his way to 83 caps since making his debut in 2007.

Holland said: “With such a young and exciting squad the future is bright here at Munster and I’m glad to remain involved.

“Having worked so hard to get where I am, I am keener than ever to push on and challenge for starting spots.”

Meanwhile, Ian Nagle, 25, is on the way out of his native province on a temporary move having played just three times this season. The Buttevant lock, who rose to prominence in the Munster’s 2010 win over Australia, will join Newcastle Falcons until the end of the season.

“Newcastle, who are currently struck with injuries,” says Rob Penney in a statement issued this evening, “made contact with a request and we were happy to accommodate them with a short-term loan.

“Ian departs with our best wishes and we believe it will be a beneficial experience for him.”

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