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Cahir's Tommy O'Donnell signs two-year extension to Munster contract

Ireland back-row Tommy O'Donnell has signed a two-year extension to his contract with munster that will see him remain at the province until at least 2016.

The Tipperary native has risen through the ranks of the munster academy to become an integral part of the Munster set-up in recent years.

The 26-year-old, who was named Munster Player of the Year last season, has been out of action since September after injuring his knee against Zebre but Head Coach Rob Penney revealed last week that O?Donnell is one week ahead of schedule in his recovery and should be back to full training in December.

Tommy had the following to say after committing to the province until June 2016: ?This is where I want to be and I enjoy playing my rugby here. I know it hasn?t been the best of starts to the season for me with injury, but like last year I just want to come back fighting and push on to the next level again.?

Head Coach Rob Penney added, ?Tommy is a great dynamic player and a huge asset to any side so we are particularly pleased that he has committed to Munster for another two years.?

There is also good news on the injury front for Munster with Keith Earls (knee), Ian Keatley (hip/groin) and Luke O?Dea (hamstring) returning to full training this week.

Apart from the usual bumps and bruises the only enforced substitution in the 31-10 win against Cardiff Blues on Saturday night involved Dave Foley who came off with a tight hamstring.

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