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Tommy O'Donnell commits long-term future to Munster

The 28-year old will remain with the province until at least June 2019.

Tommy O'Donnell has committed his future to Munster.
Tommy O'Donnell has committed his future to Munster.
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HE MAY BE out of action until the New Year but there was some positive news for Munster today with Tommy O’Donnell committing his long-term future to the province.

The 28-year old has signed a new three-year deal to keep him at Thomond Park until June 2019.

The former academy graduate picked up a hip injury during Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Wales in August.

That knock kept him out of the tournament and the start of this season but his experience as one of just eight players with more than 100 caps in the current squad is something Munster were keen to hold on to.

O’Donnell made his competitive debut against Scarlets in Cork in 2007 and has gone on to make 101 appearances for the province, scoring 13 tries.

It was against the same opponents that the Tipperary native made his first European appearance in December 2011 in Thomond Park.

A former Munster Rugby Player of the Year, O’Donnell made his Ireland debut in June 2013 against the USA.

The nine-times capped openside said:

“I am delighted to sign up for a further three years with my home club. In committing for such a period I can focus on the job at hand, getting back to full fitness, while knowing I have the opportunity to make a difference and help towards shaping the future of this squad.”

Head Coach Anthony Foley, who also saw CJ Stander sign on for a further two years this week, added:

“To see guys like CJ and now Tommy committing to Munster is great for everyone involved.

“We all know what Tommy is capable of here, and as a dynamic and powerful player we look forward to seeing him back on the pitch soon. He leads this group through his work ethic and professional approach so to have someone with those values continue with us bodes well for the future.”

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