Tadhg Furlong signs new three-year IRFU contract

Date published: November 25 2021 - Planet Rugby

Ireland and Leinster tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Furlong, who has played 116 times for Leinster and has 50 caps for his country, is viewed as one of the best front-row forwards in the global game.

The Wexford native started all three Tests for the British and Irish Lions against South Africa earlier this year and has started the last six consecutive Lions Tests across the two tours of New Zealand (2017) and South Africa (2021).

Quality tighthead

Furlong started off his rugby journey in New Ross RFC, before representing the South East Area in the Shane Horgan Cup. From there he would represent numerous Leinster Rugby age grade sides before representing Clontarf FC in the AIL.

He made his Leinster debut in November 2013 against the Dragons and has since scored eight tries in 116 appearances.

Furlong made his Ireland debut as a 22-year-old in a Rugby World Cup 2015 warm-up fixture against Wales at the Aviva Stadium and to date has played six Rugby World Cup fixtures across 2015 and 2019.

During his time with Leinster, he has won a Champions Cup in 2018 along with four PRO14 rugby titles.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented, “Tadhg has again illustrated his pedigree as one of the best tightheads in world rugby. His performances for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions in the past year have been top drawer and we are delighted that he has extended his contract to the end of the 2024/25 season.”

Furlong said: “November was a really positive block for the Ireland squad and it was great to have supporters back in the stadium. Ireland and Leinster we have started the season well and both squads will be aiming for silverware again this season.”