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Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner edge closer to new IRFU deals

Published 30/11/2016 | 02:30

Jamie Heaslip savours the moment after Ireland defeated New Zealand in Soldier Field, Chicago. Photo: Brendan Moran. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jamie Heaslip savours the moment after Ireland defeated New Zealand in Soldier Field, Chicago. Photo: Brendan Moran. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The IRFU are understood to be close to agreeing contract extensions with Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner.

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The union smashed their pay structure in 2014 in order to fend off interest from Toulon for Heaslip. The No 8 signed a deal believed to have been worth €1.5m over three years and he is close to extending that deal.

Heaslip's current contract is up at the end of the season but off the back of a successful November series, the IRFU are wasting little time in tying down his future.

The 32-year-old remains a vital part of Joe Schmidt's plans and the Ireland coach will be eager to avoid a drawn-out scenario similar to two years ago.

Toner is set to follow his Leinster team-mate in committing his future to the club.

The towering second-row penned a new two-year deal in 2014 but again the IRFU are moving quickly and will offer him a fresh contract.

The 30-year-old has become a real leader for Ireland since Schmidt took over as head coach and both Toner and Heaslip have key roles to play for club and country in the coming years.

Irish Independent

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