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Cronin to stay with Munster despite rumour

ONLY hours after specualation that he was about to sign for Aviva Premeriship side London Irish began to do the rounds, loose head prop James Cronin (pictured) has signed the dotted line with Munster Rugby and the IRFU and will remain with the reds until 2019.

Mike Sherry has also put pen to paper for Munster and his two year contract is up to 2018.

In addition to the international duo signing contract extensions Munster can also confirm that Greencore Academy player David Johnston will be promoted to the senior squad at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Ballincollig man Cronin has signed a three-year contract extension.  That will see the Ballincollig native remain with the province until at least June 2019. A product of the Munster clubs and development system, Cronin completed two years of the academy programme before securing a senior contract in 2013 and has made 54 appearances for the province, scoring five tries. In the summer tour to Argentina in June 2014 he won his first of two Ireland caps and was part of the Emerging Ireland squad that won the 2015 Tblisi Cup in Georgia.

Mike Sherry has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2018. The 27-year-old Garryowen man has made 82 appearances for the province, scoring 8 tries.

Third-year academy player David Johnston will advance to the senior squad next season after signing a development contract for season 2016/17 and a full contract for 2017/18.

The Clonmel-native plays centre and fullback and this year has alternated his appearances between Munster and Munster A.

There was further bad news for Munster today with tight head prop BJ Botha ruled out for “the foreseeable future.” He suffered a ruptured ACL during last Saturday’s Champions Cup encounter against Stade Francais and is expected to undergo surgery in the next few weeks.

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