Jamie Heaslip has ended months of speculation over his future by signing a three year contract to remain with Leinster.
Following on from his provincial colleague Sean O’Brien and fellow internationals Paul O’Connell, Keith Earls, Rory Best and Donncha Ryan recently, Heaslip has turned down French advances to commit to Leinster for at least June 2017.
Heaslip made his senior debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in March 2005 and has since made 176 appearances for Leinster scoring 34 tries. He made his Ireland debut in 2006., winning 60 caps for Ireland scoring 8 tries.
“It is great to have signed on for another three years with Leinster,” Heaslip said. “Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end.”
“I am looking forward to playing my role in driving success for both Leinster and Ireland.”
IRFU CEO Philip Browne was pleased to sign up another mainstay of the Irish set-up to a long-term deal.
"We are delighted that Jamie has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years,” he said.
“He has been one of most consistent performers and top number eights in world rugby for many years and has played a starring role for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.”
Heaslip has twice toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013 playing in 5 Tests. He has won a Grand Slam with Ireland and three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Cup and two Pro12 league titles with Leinster. Jamie was shortlisted for the IRB Player of the Year Award in 2009 and for the ERC Player of the Year Award in 2013