Veteran Ryan soon to return to Munster fold 

John Ryan is due to return to the Munster next year.

JOHN Ryan’s spell away from Munster will be brief as the prop, who only recently joined the Chiefs in New Zealand for the Super Rugby Pacific campaign, will return to the province for next season.

Ryan left Munster for Wasps last Summer but returned on a short-term contract when the English Premiership club entered administration. 

On the announcement of his recent departure, Munster defence coach Denis Leamy said: “John has got an amazing opportunity to go to New Zealand with his wife and family. It’s a brilliant opportunity for him.

“We would have liked to keep him, it wasn’t to be, but we wish John well and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

It’s welcome news now that the 34-year-old will return to familiar territory in the not so distant future. 

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He has played in over 200 matches with Munster, including 50 Champions Cup fixtures. On the international front, Ryan has 24 senior caps and featured in the 2019 World Cup. 

Meanwhile, Munster have confirmed two-year contract extensions for hooker Niall Scannell and centre Rory Scannell, while 20-year-old Academy member Edwin Edogbo, currently side-lined with an ankle injury, will be a full-time senior player next season.