Kearney extends Leinster deal until 2018

Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2018.

Kearney made his competitive senior debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in September 2005 and has since made 155 appearances for Leinster scoring 38 tries.

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson said: "Rob is a senior international with a proven pedigree and a key voice within our environment. Keeping our stars at Leinster will ensure that we continue to compete for silverware in our domestic competition and in Europe."

The full back made his Ireland debut against Argentina in June 2005 and he has gone on to win 56 caps for Ireland scoring 10 tries and a drop goal.

IRFU David Nucifora said: "We are delighted that Rob has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years. Rob has shown his world class in the blue of Leinster, the green of Ireland and the red of the Lions."

He has won a Grand Slam (2009) and Championship (2014) with Ireland and three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Challenge Cup and three Pro12 league titles with Leinster. Rob was named ERC Player of the Year in 2012.

The 28-year-old has twice toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013 playing in all three Tests in South Africa.

Rob Kearney said: "I am happy to have signed a new contract that will keep me at Leinster for another three years.

"I made my debut for Leinster almost 10 years ago and it is a great honour be in a position to extend my contract and hopefully play a part in future success at both provincial and national level."

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