Chris Farrell, Tommy O’Donnell, James Cronin, Neil Cronin and Chris Cloete have all signed contract extensions with Munster Rugby, and it has been confirmed that scrum-half Nick McCarthy is set to join the southern province.
Farrell, who joined the province at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, has signed a three-year contract to remain with the side until 2022. The 25-year-old centre, three-times capped by Ireland, currently rehabs a knee injury sustained last February.
Tommy O’Donnell, who has made 162 appearances in red, scoring 19 tries, has signed a new two-year deal, along with 27-year-old prop James Cronin, a scorer of 14 tries in his 108 Munster caps.
Twenty-five year-old scrum-half Neil Cronin, who made his return to professional rugby at the start of the season following impressive performances for Garryowen in the All Ireland League, will remain with Munster until June 2021 following his two-year contract signing.
South African back row Cloete, who scored three tries in 10 starts during his first season with the province, has added two-years to his current three-year deal, committing the 27-year-old to the Irish province until 2022.
Meanwhile, Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy will make the move south at the start of the 2019-20 season after signing a two-year deal. The 23-year-old, who has made 30 appearances for Leinster and scored 3 tries, is a former Ireland U20s player with 18 appearances over two 6 Nations and World Championship campaigns.
Greencore Munster Academy players Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly have secured promotion to the senior squad at the beginning of the 2019-20 season having signed two-year contracts.
20-year-old Coombes is a product of Skibbereen RFC and Bandon Grammar and made his Munster debut against the Cheetahs in last month’s season opener, while Daly is a product of Highfield RFC, Presentation Brothers College and Cork Constitution FC.