Experienced duo stay on at Leinster, Joe Tomane departs

Date published: June 25 2020

Leinster have announced that Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney have signed new short-term deals while Joe Tomane has left the Irish province.

Experienced utility backs McFadden and Kearney have agreed to stay on at the PRO14 champions beyond their original contract end-date of 30 June until the end of the 2019/20 season, which could run until October 17 if Leinster reach the Champions Cup final.

Leinster also confirmed 28 new long-term contracts for the 2020/21 season and their list of departees which includes versatile Wallabies back Tomane.

Head coach Leo Cullen welcomed the announcement and also acknowledged the unique circumstances facing a number of players.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm the list of 28 contracts today and in particular with so many of them coming through the clubs and the schools of Leinster,” he said.

“A huge amount of work goes into developing players at all levels of the game so it’s incredibly pleasing for us to have five players promoted directly from our academy.

“It is always a hugely special day for them, their families and their clubs and schools so I would like to congratulate Ryan (Baird), Harry (Byrne), Jack (Dunne), Tommy (O’Brien) and Dan (Sheehan).

“We are also delighted that Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney have agreed to stay on for the completion of the 2019/20 Season. Both players have given so much to the team over the course of their careers as ‘one club’ men and hopefully, they can both contribute strongly to the team for the games that we still hope to play out.

“This has also been a challenging time for many players who are leaving clubs as there has been so much uncertainty but we would like to wish all the players leaving Leinster the very best in what is next in their respective careers.

“To Bryan, Barry and Joe from the Senior squad and to Jack, Gavin, Roman and Oisín from the academy we would like to thank you all for your contribution and effort that you have given the club.

“Our focus now is making sure our training environment is as good and safe as it can be as we look to prepare for the completion of our PRO14 campaign and of course our eagerly-awaited showdown against Saracens in the quarter-final of the Champions Cup.”

Included in the list of 28 is 14 Irish internationals with 301 caps between them, while 23 of the 28 players have come through the Leinster academy system.

Leinster’s new senior contracted players: Vakh Abdaladze, Ryan Baird (promoted from academy), Michael Bent, Adam Byrne, Ed Byrne, Harry Byrne (promoted from academy), Ross Byrne, Will Connors, Sean Cronin, Peter Dooley, Caelan Doris, Jack Dunne (promoted from academy), Scott Fardy, Jordan Larmour, Dan Leavy, James Lowe, Ross Molony, Josh Murphy, Tommy O’Brien (promoted from academy), Rory O’Loughlin, Rowan Osborne, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan (centrally contracted by the IRFU), Dan Sheehan (promoted from academy), Devin Toner, James Tracy, Josh van der Flier.

Departing players: Joe Tomane, Bryan Byrne, Barry Daly, Oisín Dowling (joined Connacht), Gavin Mullin, Roman Salanoa (joined Munster), Jack Aungier (joined Connacht).