Munster out-half Ian Keatley is set to leave the provincial outfit at the end of this season for pastures new in Italy.
The Limerick Leader today confirmed that Keatley will join Benetton Treviso Rugby at the end of this season when his contract expires.
The 31-year-old is yet to start for Munster this season falling behind new addition Joey Carbery, JJ Hanrahan, and Tyler Bleyendaal in Johann Van Graan’s pecking order.
Despite playing a pivotal part int he first Belvedere College side to win a Leinster Senior Cup in 33 years, Keatley struggled in Dublin failing to make a single appearance before moving to Connacht in 2008.
Keatley made 77 appearances for Connacht over a three-year span before joining Munster in 2011.
Keatley has won seven Irish caps in total, the first coming in their 2009 Summer Tour in North America, with his last appearance in the green jersey coming against Fiji in 2017 when Keatley was sprung from the bench and hit the winning penalty.
The out-half faces stiff competition in Benetton Treviso for the number 10 jersey as they already have Tommaso Allan and Ian McKinley in their ranks, however, Keatley’s addition will be a valuable asset at the beginning of next season as both Allan and McKinley are expected to be included in the Italy side for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.