6 Dec, 21:27
Munster A tasted defeat for the first time this season as they went down 17-7 to Plymouth Albion in the British and Irish Cup on Friday night.
" For these two players to continue through the Academy system and now graduate to the Senior programme having accumulated Magners League time before reaching a professional contract gives a clear indication of the hard work done by the Academy programme.
"Damien’s signing of a new contract reflects his hard work and single minded approach he has displayed since his return to Munster.
"His form for us has been rewarded with an International cap and we feel his continued progress will play a significant role in both Munster’s and Irelands Rugby programmes.
Since returning to his native province, the Garryowen clubman has won 44 caps, and this term has played in 21 of Munster's 24 games to date.