Ian Keatley leaves Munster

Munster have confirmed that Ian Keatley has left the province.

The 31 year old out half is joining up with Declan Kidney's London Irish side for the rest of the season, before moving to Benneton Rugby.

Keatley scored 1,247 points in 180 Munster appearances, and is second on the list of the Reds' all time top points scorers.

Speaking about his departure, Keatley said

"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for their support and messages since announcing my move to Treviso, it has been overwhelming hearing from you all.

"I want to say thanks for all the support me and my family have received over the years, I know my parents and family will miss coming down here.

"I’m never going to forget the terrific support I got on days in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, especially those big European occasions in Limerick which are really special days, and I have fantastic memories for life.

"I’ve experienced great highs and some low lows over my career, with the highs far outweighing the lows, but the support following Axel’s passing is what sums up Munster for me.  It’s for that I’m really going to miss this place, it has been special, and it has been true. 

"I know I’m from Dublin, but I’ve lived here for the last eight years, and with my fiancée Lisa and daughter Beth born here, I know we will be back again.  I’m from Munster and I’m a Limerick man now, and it holds a special place in my heart.

"I’ve this opportunity now to go and get some game time before the end of the season and I’m excited about going out playing rugby again. 

"Thanks again for your support throughout the years." 



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