Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Sammy Arnold, Darren O’Shea, Conor Oliver and Dan Goggin have signed two-year contracts that will see them remain with the province until June 2020.
Sam Arnold, who joined the province at the start of the 2016/17 season, endured a number of injury setbacks in his first year. However, the 21-year-old centre bounced back to impress in recent outings, making six starts in seven appearances across the GUINNESS PRO14 and Champions Cup and scoring three tries.
Former Munster Academy player Darren O’Shea returned to the province at the start of the 2016/17 season after completing two seasons with Worcester Warriors. The 25-year-old lock has made 21 appearances in red, scoring two tries.
Flanker Conor Oliver will advance from a development contract to a full contract at the start of the 2018/19 season. The 22-year-old was deservedly named Munster’s Academy Player of the Year in 2017 and has 17 caps to his name. Following a lengthy lay-off due to a shoulder injury sustained during pre-season, he returned in late December to put in a man-of-the-match performance against Connacht.
Dan Goggin will also advance to a full contract at the end of this season. The centre’s progression was halted earlier this season when he sustained a long-term knee injury against Benetton Rugby in the PRO14’s opening round. The 23-year-old, who has made 15 appearances for the province, recently completed his rehabilitation to feature for Munster ‘A’ in round 6 of the British & Irish Cup.