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Munster's IRFU rage as Ryan is set for exit

By Cian Tracey

Munster are understood to be furious with the IRFU’s decision not to offer Donnacha Ryan a central contract, which resulted in his head being turned by Racing 92.

Ryan will join Ronan O'Gara at the French club next season and behind the scenes Munster are unhappy with how the situation has played out. The issuing of central contracts lies in the control of the

IRFU’s high performance director David Nucifora and it is understood that the union cited Ryan’s age as the main reason not to renew his deal.

Munster are angry with the reasoning, given that Ryan is only four days older than Jamie Heaslip, who had his national contract extended last month.

Ryan, like Heaslip, turns 34 in December, but given his outstanding performances in the Six Nations, his departure will come as a significant blow.

Munster offered Ryan a contract which was shy of what the IRFU could have put on the table, but moving to Racing will certainly increase his salary.

Ryan didn’t feature in Munster’s facile 50-14 win over a hapless Zebre, but he will return to the starting XV for Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Toulouse.

Both Ronan O’Mahony and James Cronin did their hopes of inclusion no harm with two tries each, while Niall Scannell, Tommy O’Donnell and Rory Scannell also crossed.

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