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Munster Announce Six More Contract Extensions

Munster Announce Six More Contract Extensions

Simon Zebo, Munster's all-time top try scorer, is pictured during an Ireland training session at Carton House earlier this season ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have announced that six players have signed contract extensions at the province.

Diarmuid Barron, Jack Daly, Ben Healy, Keynan Knox, Jeremy Loughman and Simon Zebo have all put pen to paper on new contracts.

Hooker Barron has signed a new two-year contract having made 20 appearances for Munster to date, including his Heineken Champions Cup debut against Castres Olympique last month.

The 23-year-old Tipperary native is a product of Cashel RFC and Rockwell College and has also lined out for Garryowen in the All-Ireland League. He was promoted from the Greencore Munster Academy to the senior squad last season.

Castleisland RFC flanker Daly has signed a two-year contract extension having made four appearances for the province to date.

A Garryowen clubman, Daly is a former Ireland Under-20 international and has made two appearances for Munster so far this term, having moved up to the senior squad from the Academy last summer.

Healy has signed a one-year contract extension, with the 22-year-old Tipperary-born out-half scoring 144 points in 27 Munster appearances to date.

A product of Nenagh Ormond RFC and Glenstal Abbey, Healy has also lined out for Garryowen in the AIL and is enjoying a strong first year in the senior squad, having won the province’s Greencore Academy Player of the Year award last season.

Loosehead prop Loughman has signed a new two-year deal. He has scored four tries in 57 Munster appearances to date.

Loughman initially joined Munster from the Leinster Academy on a short-term contract in December 2017 but quickly established himself as a key squad member. He made his 50th appearance against Ulster last year.

Tighthead prop Knox has signed on for two more years at Munster having scored two tries in 20 appearances for the province.

The 22-year-old South Africa native moved to Munster at the end of 2017, with the Young Munster clubman spending three years in the Academy before moving up to the senior squad last season.

Zebo, Munster’s all-time leading try-scorer with 62 tries, has signed a new two-year deal having scored two tries in four appearances since returning to the province from Racing 92 last summer.

The Ireland international and former British & Irish Lion is a product of the Academy and has made 148 Munster appearances since his debut back in 2010.