Ireland international quartet agree new Munster deals

Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne all extend stay with Guinness PRO12 province

Munster have been handed a boost before their return to European action, with four Ireland internationals agreeing new deals with the province.

Tighthead prop Stephen Archer has agreed a new three-year deal, with Dave Foley, Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne all signing new two-year deals with the province and the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley is delighted at the positive step for the current Guinness PRO12 league leaders to secure the services of four players with over 250 appearances between them for Munster.

“This is a great step forward for us,” Foley said.

“Securing players of this calibre is always a boost for the club and it shows our commitment to developing home-grown players and talent.

“These guys have come through the structures and have reached international level with so much more to come, and it’s hugely positive for all involved.”

Securing players of this calibre is always a boost for the club and it shows our commitment to developing home-grown players and talent.

Anthony Foley

Archer, Foley and Kilcoyne all came through the Munster Rugby Academy, while Dublin-born Jones moved to the province in 2009 after completing two years at Leinster’s academy.

All four have also worn the famous green of Ireland with Foley making an impressive man of the match debut against Georgia earlier this month, with Jones and Kilcoyne finding their way over then tryline in the 49-7 win.

Munster take on French club Clermont Auvergne at a sold-out Thomond Park on Saturday.

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