Keith Earls: Munster and Ireland stalwart re-signs until end of Rugby World Cup

Adam Kyriacou

Ireland and Munster wing Keith Earls has signed a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that runs until the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The experienced back has won 96 caps for his country to date, scoring 34 tries, which leaves the 34-year-old behind only Brian O’Driscoll on that chart.

While he missed this year’s Six Nations he’s expected to be involved in Ireland‘s future internationals as they lead up to the Rugby World Cup in France.

Fourth Rugby World Cup?

If selected that would be his fourth Webb Ellis tournament while he has also featured for the British and Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2009.

His form on the international stage has been backed up by consistently top quality showings for Munster and he’s thrilled to have re-signed at the province.

“Really happy to extend my contract with Irish Rugby and Munster until the end of the Rugby World Cup in France,” Earls told Munster’s website.

“This Ireland squad haven’t shied away from stating their ambition for the World Cup and I want to continue to be a part of that journey.

“Munster’s squad is developing quality depth with lots of talent coming through the Academy and province’s clubs and schools and the new coaching group will be looking to drive the province on again to the next level.”

David Nucifora, IRFU performance director, added: “Keith is an integral part of the leadership group in the national set up and his experience and game understanding continues to produce quality performances and he is also playing a strong role in guiding less experienced players and developing their understanding of what it takes to compete at the international level.”

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