Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has committed himself to the job until the 2019 World Cup, ending months of speculation about his future.
The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) confirmed the news on Monday afternoon.
Appointed ahead of the 2013 Guinness Series, Schmidt has been involved in a period of sustained success and achievement with the national team.
Back to back Six Nations titles were secured in 2014 and 2015, a first Test Series win in the southern hemisphere was recorded in Argentina in 2014 and a first ever Test victory on South African soil was achieved in Cape Town at the end of the 2015/16 season.
“I’d like to thank the IRFU for their patience and confidence as the decision to continue took somewhat longer than I’d anticipated,” Schmidt said.
“It is difficult at times being so far away from extended family but we appreciate how lucky we are to have the support we have here in Ireland. The strength of the rugby community has been incredibly visible over the past week and the enthusiasm of management and players to improve and compete is complemented by a really positive camaraderie.”