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Murray snubs rugby interest to re-sign with Souths

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After a week of turmoil, South Sydney captain Cameron Murray has given the embattled club stability and scuppered the hopes of Wallabies coach Eddie Jones by signing a five-year contract extension.

In a blow for Jones, who had seen Murray as a potential inside centre option for the Wallabies, the lock ensured he would remain in the cardinal and myrtle until the end of 2028.

Crucially, Souths officials confirmed to AAP, there are no clauses which would allow him to break his contract and take up rugby.

That means Murray will be 30 by the time he can next consider a code switch.

Murray was a schoolboy rugby star but this deal wipes out any chance of him lining up for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions in 2025 and the 2027 World Cup on home soil.

"It is an absolute honour to captain this club, to play alongside my teammates and to work with my coaches and the staff," Murray said in a statement on Monday.

"It's my responsibility now to repay that trust with my performances on the field and my actions off the field.

"I'm excited about the next five years but, as always, my focus and that of the team is on our next assignment at Accor Stadium on Friday night."

Murray's first task will be helping guide Souths to the finals, with the club needing to beat the Sydney Roosters on Friday to ensure they make the top eight.

The captivating clash between the game's most-bitter rivals follows a week of in-fighting at the Rabbitohs which led to assistant coach and club great Sam Burgess resigning.

Burgess had clashed with head coach Jason Demetriou over perceived preferential treatment afforded to fullback Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker.

Mitchell will be unavailable to face the Roosters after picking up a suspension.