“It was a very easy decision” – Barron extends Munster contract

Diarmuid Barron during a Munster rugby squad training session at Thomond Park. Photo: Eóin Noonan.

MUNSTER’S Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman and Paddy Patterson have all signed contract extensions which will keep the trio at the club until 2026.

Barron, who made his debut in 2018, has captained the side on three occasions so far this season, including the recent win over Glasgow Warriors.

A product of the Munster Rugby Academy, he came up through the ranks at Cashel RFC and Rockwell College before lining out in the AIL for Garryowen.

At this week’s Media Conference, Barron stated of his choice to commit to Munster: “It was a very easy decision. The second it was on the table I was delighted to hear it. I don’t want to be anywhere bar Munster, so I’m very happy.”

Ireland international Loughman has also signed a new deal after featuring at his first World Cup in the Autumn. He first appeared for Munster in 2017.

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Paddy Patterson has scored five tries in 24 Munster appearances since making his debut in 2021.

A former Leinster Academy player, he returned to action against Benetton in October following a knee injury.