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Sunday 23 September 2018

O'Mahony and Furlong to stay

Peter O'Mahony of Munster. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Peter O'Mahony of Munster. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Peter O'Mahony's Munster and Ireland future has been secured after the IRFU announced that the flanker has signed a new three-year central contract.

His current deal was due to expire at the end of the season and a number of English and French sides had been sniffing around after he declined an initial offer from the union.

His new deal is understood to be in the region of €450,000-a-year and will keep him at Thomond Park until June, 2021.

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora said: "Peter has had to travel a tough road since the 2015 Rugby World Cup where a serious injury kept him out of action for a prolonged period. He has returned to form for both Munster and Ireland and as captain of Munster is a key leader within their environment."

O'Mahony said: "I am absolutely delighted to commit my future to Munster and Ireland for the next three years. I'm very proud of where I am from and I am really excited about what we are building down in Munster right now.

"Playing for my country is something I dreamed of growing up as a boy, so I cherish each occasion I am lucky enough to take to the field in an Irish jersey.

"I look forward to building on what has been achieved to date with the rest of the Irish squad and management team."

Earlier, the IRFU announced that Leinster's Tadhg Furlong has also signed a new three-year deal.

Furlong's new contract is understood to be worth €425k-a-year.

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