Star Ireland lock James Ryan agrees IRFU contract

Date published: February 5 2020

The IRFU have announced that talented Ireland and Leinster second-row James Ryan has signed a three-year contract with the governing body up to the end of the 2022/23 season.

Ryan made his international debut before he had even appeared for his province, coming off the bench against the USA in the Red Bull Arena in 2017. He would score his first international try less than 60 seconds later.

The lock has gone on to become a fixture in the Irish pack winning 24 caps, including four starts in Ireland’s Grand Slam Six Nations campaign of 2018. Later that year he played every minute of the three-Test tour of Australia.

Ryan, who captained the Ireland U20s to the final of the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, made his senior Leinster debut against the Dragons in September 2017.

With the Dubliners he has won a European Champions Cup (2018) and two PRO14 titles (2018, 2019).

IRFU high performance director David Nucifora said: “James is still a young man but he has delivered consistent high level performances for both Ireland and Leinster.

“He is growing into a leadership role with the national team and has a big future for both Ireland and Leinster.”

Ryan added: “I am delighted to sign an IRFU contract. A lot has been packed into the start of my professional career with both Ireland and Leinster and there has been some great success and a few disappointments, but I am involved in two very exciting squads that want to be challenging for trophies.”