Seán O’Connor, Darren O’Shea and Ciaran Parker leave Munster

Munster Rugby has confirmed that Seán O’Connor, Darren O’Shea and Ciaran Parker are set to leave the province.

The news follows previous confirmation that Sammy Arnold, Arno Botha and Conor Oliver were leaving the men in red, and that both Tyler Bleyendaal and Brian Scott had been forced to retire from the game on medical advice.

Munster Academy graduate O’Connor, who can play in the second row and back row, made nine Munster appearances since his debut against the Maori All Blacks in 2016.

The former Cashel RFC and Rockwell College player helped the Ireland U20s to the runners-up spot at the 2016 Junior World Championship. The 23-year-old who played for Garryowen in the AIL this season will play Championship rugby in England next season.

Twenty-seven year-old Darren O’Shea scored two tries in 44 Munster appearances since making his debut against Edinburgh in September 2016.

He joined the Munster Rugby Academy in 2013 before spending the following two seasons at Worcester Warriors, helping them win promotion to the Premiership, and rejoining the southern province in 2016.

The Crosshaven RFC man played a prominent role in Munster A’s successful British & Irish Cup campaign in 2017, while the former Ireland U19 international made his Heineken Champions Cup debut against Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park in December of that year.

Former England U20 international Ciaran Parker made 13 appearances for Munster since joining from Sale Sharks in 2017. The tighthead prop made his debut in red against Benetton Treviso in September of the 2017-28 season.

The 24-year-old made his Heineken Champions Cup debut against Castres Olympique in December 2018 and appeared in the 2017-18 Guinness PRO14 knockout clashes against Edinburgh and Leinster. He will join Seán O’Connor in playing in the English Championship next season.