Cronin among three to commit to Munster


Munster have received a welcome boost after highly-rated prop James Cronin committed his future to the club amid speculation of a move to the Premiership.

Cronin was one of three men to agree fresh terms on Thursday, along with fellow Ireland international Mike Sherry and academy player David Johnston, who will be promoted to the senior squad from next season.

Earlier reports had suggested Cronin was set to join London Irish, but the 25-year-old will stay put in a pleasing development for a side that has lost six of its last seven matches in all competitions.

"We are delighted with the latest news, and as a group are hugely lifted with three of our home-grown players committing their futures to the province," said Munster head coach Anthony Foley.

"James and Mike have shown what they are capable of time and time again and they both have a massive part to play in this squad's progression.

"Similarly, David, who is now breaking through, has followed the same pathway and we look forward to seeing his growth over the coming years."

Cronin's new deal runs until June 2019, while Sherry and Johnston are tied to Munster until 2018.