Conway signs deal to remain at Munster until 2020

Andrew Conway has signed a new deal at Munster. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

MUNSTER back Andrew Conway has committed his immediate future to the province after signing a two-year-deal. Conway’s current contract was due to run out at the end of the current season.

The former Leinster Academy man joined Munster in the summer of 2013 and has made 91 appearances in that time, scoring 28 tries.

With Simon Zebo’s exit on the horizon, Conway penning a new deal is excellent news for Munster. The 26-year-old has become a key player for Johann van Graan’s side.

Conway has also broken into the Irish setup in the last year. He made his debut against England at the Aviva Stadium in last year’s Six Nations and is now a regular member of Joe Schmidt’s matchday squad.

Munster have also signed up Stephen Fitzgerald for another year on a development contract. The Academy graduate made his first appearance for the senior side in 2015.

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Fitzgerald has played three times for Munster and is set to make his fourth appearance on Saturday when Van Graan’s side visit Cardiff Blues.

Jack O’Donoghue has been named as captain for the first time in the game that has a 5:30pm kick-off and is live on Sky Sports.

Gerbrandt Grobler makes his first start, while there is also a place in the starting lineup for Ronan O’Mahony.

MUNSTER: Stephen Fitzgerald, Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony, Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan, Gerbrandt Grobler, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Robin Copeland; Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn Dave O’Callaghan, James Hart, Tyler Bleyendaal, Simon Zebo.