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Sunday 20 April 2014

Jordi Murphy signs contract extension at Leinster but uncertainty remains over Cullen and Fitzgerald

Exciting Leinster back-row Jordi Murphy has signed a two-year contract extension but doubts remain over the futures of Leo Cullen and Luke Fitzgerald.

The 21 year old Spanish-born powerhouse, who will stay at the province until the end of the 2014/15 season, has been in impressive form recently and was a standout performer and tryscorer in Leinster’s win over the Scarlets at the weekend.

“He’s so versatile Jordi. He can play all the way across the back row. That makes him a really good player for us to have,” said Leinster coach Joe Schmidt at the weekend.

“It is great that he’s really committed to being here as well. He has been rewarded with game time because he’s played really well.”

Leo Cullen has revealed that he wishes to extend his career while Luke Fitzgerald’s good form since his return from injury will mean Leinster will want to get the winger tied down.

“Luke is someone we are desperate to keep and we are working incredibly hard on that. Luke is 25 years old and has come back from a serious injury,” Leinster manager Guy Easterby said.

“He has done incredibly well to make it into the international 23 and, hopefully, he’ll push on from there to a starting spot.

“There is something we are very keen to get tied up as soon as possible. Luke is a big part of our planning moving forward.”

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