Doug Howlett will remain with Munster until the end of the 2010/2011 season and possibly beyond that.
It was confirmed this afternoon that 31 year old Howlett who won his 49th competitive Munster cap last weekend against Edinburgh has agreed terms for the coming season with an option for a further season.
"Obviously I’m delighted to be remaining on here with Munster." Howlett said. " Professionally it’s been a good move for me and on the personal side my family are enjoying our time here and are very happy to remain for the immediate future.
"With the contract side of things now settled I’m looking forward to what I believe will be a very exciting second part of the season and hoping to play my part in helping Munster achieve success on the field."
Munster coach Tony McGahan expressed his satisfaction when he said, " I’m delighted we’re retaining the services of a player of Doug’s proven calibre.
"Doug’s contribution to the squad and management on and off the field has been central to our success since he arrived here two years ago.
"Next season is going to be particularly challenging given it’s a World Cup season. With our commitment to the international squad we would expect to be introducing more and more of our emerging young players. So it will be very advantageous to have a player of his quality and experience to call on.
" Its great news for Munster Rugby."