Ahead of the Pro 12 Semi-Final clash with the Ospreys, Munster have confirmed news regarding contract renewals and also departures for next season.
After a breakthrough season with the province, Jaco Taute has been handed a two year contract with the Province. Taute was initially signed in September as cover for injured duo Francis Sailli and Sam Arnold.
However, Taute’s new contract spells the end for All Black centre Francis Sailli who will depart the club after two years. Sailli impressed last season, but was plagued with injuries the past 8 months.
Out-half Ian Keatley has been handed a further two year contract. This is an unexpected move with impending arrival of JJ Hanrahan from Northampton
Speaking about the new contracts, Rassie Erasmus said,
With Ian and Jaco we are retaining the services of two quality players. Both highly experienced and versatile, they not only add value on field but are also good guys to have in our environment.”
However, Donnacha Ryan’s departure to Racing 92 has been confirmed. Ryan has been a stalwart this year and his departure will be a disappointment for all Munster fans.
Lock John Madigan and Prop Peter McCabe will also be leaving the Province during the summer. Meanwhile Cian Bohane and Mark Chisholm are retiring at the end of this season.
Of the departing Ryan, Erasmus said,
In recognising a stellar career for the province I would like to single out Donnacha Ryan for his outstanding service to Munster Rugby for over 13 years. He is a leader on and off the field and has passed on his experience and knowledge to the next generation. We wish Donnacha and all who are leaving all the best for the future.