Munster Rugby have today announced that Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne have all signed contract extensions with the province and the IRFU.
Tighthead prop Stephen Archer has signed a three-year contract and Dave Foley, Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne have all signed two-year extensions that will see them remain with the province until at least June 2017.
Archer, Foley and Kilcoyne are all products of the Munster Rugby Academy, while Jones has been with the province since 2009. All four players have progressed through to international level.
Cork-born Archer made his Munster debut against Edinburgh in October 2009 as an Academy player and has made 79 appearances for the province. The 26-year-old moved to a full senior contract at the start of the 2011/12 season and went on to make his European debut against Castres in January 2012.
Just over a year later he won his first Ireland cap against Italy during the 2013 Six Nations and has two international caps to his name. This season he has featured in all but one of Munster’s games.
Fellow Academy graduate Foley was also promoted to a full senior contract at the start of the 2011/12 season and has made 44 Munster appearances to date. The Tipperary lock made his debut against Connacht in May 2010 at the Sportsground, and only made his European bow at the beginning of this year when starting against Gloucester in Kingsholm.
He went on to cement his starting place in the second row and played in 20 of Munster’s games last season.
After impressing at provincial and Emerging Ireland level, the 26-year-old was propelled into the Ireland GUINNESS Series squad last month. He produced a man-of-the-match debut performance against Georgia and featured off the bench against Australia a week later.
Dublin-born Jones joined Munster in 2009 after completing two years in the Leinster Academy. He made his debut for the Reds that September against Glasgow Warriors at Firhill Stadium.
The full-back made his European debut against Ulster in April 2012 at Thomond Park and has made 72 appearances for the province. This year he captained the side for the first time away to Benetton Treviso in the PRO12.
With nine Ireland caps, Jones made his debut against Scotland in the pre-World Cup games in August 2011. The 27-year-old most recently scored his first international tries against Georgia in last month’s GUINNESS Series.
Loosehead prop Kilcoyne moved to a full senior contract at the start of the 2012/13 season and has 62 Munster caps to his name. The Limerick native made his debut against Connacht in December 2011 and made his first European appearance starting against Racing Metro in October 2012 at the Stade de France.
The 25-year-old had an impressive 2013/14 season, playing in 30 of Munster’s 31 games and was named in the PRO12 Dream Team that season.
At national level he has 12 caps after making his debut against South Africa in the 2012 GUINNESS Series. Last month he scored his first international try against Georgia.
Commenting on the contract extensions, Munster head coach Anthony Foley said: “This is a great step forward for us. Securing players of this calibre is always a boost for the province and it shows our commitment to developing homegrown players and talent.
“These guys have come through the structures and have reached international level with so much more to come, and it’s hugely positive for all involved.”