Kearney signs deal until 2018

Date published: November 11 2014

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The IRFU and Leinster have announced that Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year contract to stay in Ireland until at least June 2018.

The IRFU and Leinster have announced that Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year contract to stay in Ireland until at least June 2018.

Kearney made his senior debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in September 2005 and has since made 155 appearances for his home province, scoring 38 tries.

He made his Ireland debut against Argentina in June 2005 and the 28-year-old full-back has gone on to win 56 caps for his country, scoring 10 tries and a drop goal.

Kearney has twice toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013, playing in all three Tests in South Africa five years ago.

He has won a Grand Slam (2009) and Six Nations Championship (2014) with Ireland and three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and three Pro12 titles with Leinster, as well as being voted the ERC European Player of the Year and IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year in 2012.

“We are delighted that Rob has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years. Rob has shown his world class in the blue of Leinster, the green of Ireland and the red of the Lions,” said IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora.

“It is great that Rob has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2018 season. Rob is a senior international with a proven pedigree and a key voice within our environment,” added Leinster CEO Mick Dawson.

“Keeping our stars at Leinster will ensure that we continue to compete for silverware in our domestic competition and in Europe.”

“I am happy to have signed a new contract that will keep me at Leinster for another three years,” said Kearney.

“I made my debut for Leinster almost 10 years ago and it is a great honour be in a position to extend my contract and hopefully play a part in future success at both provincial and national level.”

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