Peter O’Mahony commits to Munster
Flanker Peter O’Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster.
The 25-year-old club captain has committed to Thomond Park until June 2018, in a clear boost to the Irish province and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.
Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O'Mahony's situation, but the talismanic back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots.
O'Mahony's new deal to stay with his home province is also a decisive strike from Munster, who had been left reeling after losing promising fly-half JJ Hanrahan to Northampton Saints for next season.
Leinster stars Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien rejected the lures of Toulon last season, with Munster scrum-half Conor Murray also turning his back on French interest.
British and Irish Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton will return to Leinster from Racing Metro this summer – and now O'Mahony's new deal effectively secures all Ireland's frontline talent on home soil ahead of the World Cup.