Munster Reveal What The Future Holds For Jaco Taute & Francis Saili
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Munster Rugby and the IRFU have today revealed that Ian Keatley and Jaco Taute have both signed contract extensions with the province while a number of players are set to depart the at the end of the season.
26-year-old Springbok Jaco Taute has signed a two-year deal that will see him remain with Munster until June 2019. Initially arriving on a loan basis from the Stormers and Western Province, the centre has lined out for the province on 24 occasions since arriving in September, scoring 8 tries.. Keatley has also signed a two-year deal.
Donnacha Ryan’s move to Racing 92 has now been officially confirmed with former All Black Francis Saili also set to depart.
Speaking about the signings Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said:
“With Ian and Jaco we are retaining the services of two quality players. Both highly experienced and versatile, they not only add value on field but are also good guys to have in our environment.”
Centre Francis Saili, prop Peter McCabe and lock John Madigan are also set to depart at the end of the season with the trio all moving on to other clubs, while centre Cian Bohane and lock Mark Chisholm have both confirmed they are to retire from professional rugby.
Commenting on the departures Erasmus added,
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our departing players for their service to Munster Rugby. Each individual has contributed to the province and played a role in our development and success to date.
“In recognising a stellar career for the province I would like to single out Donnacha Ryan for his outstanding service to Munster Rugby for over 13 years. He is a leader on and off the field and has passed on his experience and knowledge to the next generation. We wish Donnacha and all who are leaving all the best for the future.
“Of course there is still rugby to be played with a huge semi-final against Ospreys this weekend, giving our supporters the chance to bid farewell in what is the final game of the season in Thomond Park.”