10 Dec, 10:30
The IRFU and Munster are pleased to announce that Conor Murray has signed a new two-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2016.
"The challenge to us this season is to ensure we make the most of them.
"Rugby in the Celtic nations has never been on such a high, never enjoyed such success but what makes the 2009/10 season all the more appealing is that we will be ending it on an even bigger high by introducing a play-off system to find our champions.
"What we are looking for is a sell-out occasion at a venue that will deliver a great matchday experience to the players, fans, sponsors and broadcasters.
"Within three to five years I expect this event to have grown sufficiently for us to lead a loyal band of supporters to bigger venues with little or no risk of falling short of expectations.
"The introduction of play-offs will not be the only major change this season and slowly but surely, the Magners League is realising its true potential and it is certainly delivering better players to our international coaches - and hardening the teams for the big cross-border contests in Europe.
"We have a magnificent sponsor in Magners, a host of committed broadcast partners in BBC Wales, S4C and Setanta Ireland, some of the biggest brand names in world club rugby and a growing army of fans.
"The Magners League is a competition that has grown in stature and standard, is growing in credibility and which is ready to move to the next level this season.
"It is going to be great to watch - with a fantastic finale to come at the end of May."
The new Magners League season was officially launched today at Thomond Park Stadium, the home of defending champions Munster.
Paul O'Connell, Girvan Dempsey, Rory Best and John Muldoon were on hand to represent the four provincial teams.
Michael Merrins, Managing Director, C&C Ireland, said: "As title sponsors we are delighted by the continued success of the Magners League and await this season with excitement and great anticipation.
"The introduction of the play-offs is yet another stage in the development of the league and with the calibre of players involved across all 10 teams we look forward to another season of top quality rugby.
"I would like to wish all the Magners League teams the best of luck for the forthcoming season."
For a full list of the new season's Magners League fixtures, click here.