Paul O'Connell: Ireland lock signs new Munster deal

Ireland and Lions lock Paul O'Connell has signed a new two-year deal with the IRFU which will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2016.

The 34-year-old made his Munster debut against Edinburgh in 2001 and has since made 154 appearances for the team.

"Over the years I have been privileged to play in many fantastic Munster sides," said O'Connell.

"I am excited by the prospect of playing my part in achieving success with Munster and Ireland."

O'Connell has won 88 caps for Ireland and was named captain of the national team during the 2013 November series - his last appearance was in the 22-20 loss to New Zealand.

The second-row has toured three times with the British & Irish Lions, captaining the tourists on the 2009 tour of South Africa and playing in the first two Tests of the successful 2013 tour of Australia.

O'Connell captained Munster to Heineken Cup success in 2008 and to Pro12 titles in 2009 and 2011.