RG Snyman (L) and Jared Payne (Image: INPHO)
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Munster and the IRFU have announced that five players have signed new deals with the province as Ulster confirm Jared Payne will leave the club at the end of the season.
Lock RG Snyman, props Stephen Archer, Roman Salanoa, Liam O’Connor, and hooker Scott Buckley have all committed their futures to Munster Rugby.
World Cup-winning Springbok RG Snyman has signed a two-year deal that will see him stay with the province until June 2024.
Munster say the 26-year-old highly valued within the squad and has demonstrated his ability just four brief games, scoring a debut try against the Stormers at Thomond Park.
The province’s most-capped prop Stephen Archer has penned a one-year contract extension. The 33-year-old is the most recent player to reach 200 caps in 2019.
Liam O'Connor has agreed to a one-year contract extension with Munster after making 32 appearances for the province since making his debut in a Champions Cup match against Stade Francais in 2016.
Former USA U20 international Roman Salanoa has signed on for three more years after one try in eight appearances to date.
Scott Buckley follows Alex Kendellen in becoming the second Greencore Munster Rugby Academy player to be promoted to the senior squad ahead of next season, signing a two-year deal.
Ulster have confirmed that defence coach and former player Jared Payne will leave the province at the end of the season.
Payne, who was born in New Zealand, played 78 times for Ulster and earned 20 international caps for Ireland.
Following his retirement, the 36-year-old became a member of Ulster's coaching staff in 2018.
After a decade of service to the province, Payne will leave Ulster in the summer to pursue coaching opportunities in other countries.
On his time with Ulster, Payne, said:“A big thank-you to the Ulster community, the fans, players and staff that have made my time here special.
“I will forever be grateful for the opportunities and experiences that we have shared, and I look forward to hopefully adding to those over these final few months.”
Head Coach, Dan McFarland, said:“We all know how much Jared has given to Ulster, as a player, and as an important part of our coaching set-up since 2018.
“Jared has helped to shape who we are as a club over the past decade, and what we want to achieve, and his influence will continue to be felt in the years ahead. Jared’s desire to learn and improve himself as a coach has been impressive and it has been this spirit, in particular, that has made him a core part of our culture."
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