Munster and the IRFU have confirmed on Wednesday that 5 players have put pen to paper on contracts, three of which are renewals and two of which are from the academy.
Tyler Bleyendaal, Ciaran Parker and Alby Matthewson have signed contract extensions at the club, while the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy pair Sean O’Connor and Keynan Knox have also signed contracts with the Red Army. Bleyendaal has made 47 appearances in the red of Munster since joining and making his debut in September 2015, he has also captained the province 11 times. He was voted Munster Player of the Year in 2017 and New Zealand born Bleyendaal will now extend his stay at the province till June 2021.
Ciaran Parker has made 11 appearances for the club to date at tighthead prop. The Munster Rugby Official website have said that he will move from a development contract to a professional contract next season. At 23 he is another one for the future for sure. Alby Matthewson who was brought into the club to cover Conor Murray when he was out injured has also signed a contract extension which will see him stay at the club until the end of the season. The former All Black has played 13 times scoring 2 tries in the process.
Sean O’Connor will advance to the senior squad from next season. The 22 year old will be on a one year development contract after completing three years in the Munster academy. He is a versatile forward, reminds me of Tadgh Beirne can play at lock or or anywhere across the back row. He has made 9 appearances for the province and has featured for the U20’s in 2016 in the Rugby World when they secured their best ever finish finishing runners up to England in the showpiece final.
Keynan Knox has signed a three year deal with the province which will see him continue in the academy for a further year before joining the senior setup. At 19 the Young Munster man has played for the Munster A side 5 times in the Celtic Cup this year.