DUBLIN, Ireland - It's been kept under wraps until now, however all was revealed on this week when Ireland and Munster Rugby announced that an agreement was reached last month for Conor Murray to continue his football career in Ireland to at least the end of June 2022.
Murray has won 67 caps for Ireland since he made his international debut against France in 2011.
He started every game of the 2014 and 2015 Six Nations Championship successes as well wearing the number 9 jersey in every game of the 2018 Grand Slam campaign.
The Limerick-born scrum half played a central role in Ireland's first victory over the Springboks on South African soil in 2016 and later that year starred in Ireland's first win over New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago.
He started all three Tests in the recent series success over Australia Down Under and has represented Ireland at two Rugby World Cups, playing in both the 2011 and 2015 tournaments. A two-time British & Irish Lions tourist, the 29-year-old has featured in five Test matches for the Lions, including starting all three Tests against New Zealand in 2017.
Conor made his Munster debut against Connacht in 2010 and has represented the province on 116 occasions so far, scoring 142 points and winning a Celtic League title in 2011.
"Conor is a genuinely world class player and he has illustrated this through the consistent quality of the performances he delivers for both Ireland and Munster. He has played a central role in driving the success that has been achieved at national level, and we are delighted that he will continue to play his rugby in Ireland for at least the next three seasons," IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said Wednesday.
Murray was equally as enthusiastic. "I am delighted to have signed on with the IRFU until at least 2022. Over the past few seasons I've enjoyed great days in the green of Ireland and the red of my home province Munster," he said. "I love playing here and look forward to making more life long memories in the next few years."