Ian Keatley and Jaco Taute sign new Munster deals as Donnacha Ryan and Francis Saili leave
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 19/05/17 7:30pm
Munster duo Ian Keatley and Jaco Taute have signed new contracts as six players are confirmed to be leaving the club.
Ireland international Keatley, 30, recently marked his 150th appearance with a man-of-the-match performance against Connacht.
In October, the experienced out-half became the second Munster player ever to score over 1000 points, achieving the milestone in the Guinness PRO12 clash with Zebre.
South Africa international Taute has signed a two-year deal that will see him remain with Munster until June 2019.
Taute initially arrived on a loan basis from the Stormers and Western Province, having played for the province on 24 occasions since arriving in September, scoring eight tries.
Munster 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."
Sadly, however, Munster's most-capped player Donnacha Ryan, leaves the club, making the move to French Top-14 side Racing 92 at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has made 165 appearances since making his debut against Ospreys in September 2004.
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.
Centre Cian Bohane and lock Mark Chisholm have both confirmed they are to retire from professional rugby.