Josh van der Flier: Ireland international stays in Dublin with Leinster

Lawrence Nolan

Ireland international flanker Josh van der Flier has penned a new deal with the province, along with Ed Byrne and Ciarán Frawley.

The 28-year-old Van der Flier has been a mainstay for Leinster since breaking through in 2014 and has amassed nearly 100 appearances for the province, taking over Sean O’Brien’s place in the national side.

Termless contracts?

Loosehead Byrne and centre Frawley also agreed new deals, but the lengths of the contracts were not disclosed.

Carlow native Byrne has played 77 times for the province since his debut in 2014, and has earned six Irish caps since his debut in 2020.

Frawley received his first call-up to the Ireland squad last November but is yet to make his debut, and the 24-year-old is unfortunately facing up to six weeks sidelined following a nasty facial injury in last Friday’s United Rugby Championship win against Edinburgh at the RDS.

Unlikely to be staying is coach Felipe Contepomi however, with the Argentinean now top of the shortlist to replace Mario Ledesma as the coach of the Argentina national team.