Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Ian Keatley and Jaco Taute have both signed contract extensions while a number of players are set to depart the province at the end of the season, including Donnacha Ryan and Francis Saili.
Keatley, who has been with the province since making his debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2011, most recently marked his 150th appearance with a man of the match performance against Connacht in the Guinness PRO12. In October the out-half became the second Munster player ever to score over 1000 points, achieving the milestone against Zebre.
Taute has signed a two-year deal that will see him remain with Munster until June 2019. Initially arriving on a loan basis from the Stormers and Western Province, the centre has lined out for the province on 24 occasions since arriving in September, scoring 8 tries. Taute has made three appearances for South Africa.
Speaking about the signings 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."