O’Donnell extends Munster deal to 2016

Munster player of the year Tommy O’Donnell has pledged his future to the province for two more seasons after signing a contract extension that will secure the Ireland back row in this country until summer 2016.

The 26-year-old Tipperary native, who won his first two caps for Ireland on the summer tour to North America, is currently sidelined with a knee injury suffered in September against Zebre but having last week been declared ahead of schedule in his recovery, there was more cheer for O’Donnell yesterday with the agreement of a new deal with Munster.

“This is where I want to be and I enjoy playing my rugby here,” O’Donnell said. “I know it hasn’t been the best of starts to the season for me with injury, but like last year I just want to come back fighting and push on to the next level.”

The flanker has 68 caps since his 2007 debut.

Head coach Rob Penney reported last week that O’Donnell was due back to full training next month, a week ahead of schedule and yesterday he said of his back row’s decision to stick with Munster until June 2016: “Tommy is a great, dynamic player and a huge asset to any side so we are particularly pleased he has committed to Munster for another two years.”


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