The IRFU and Munster have today confirmed that Keith Earls has signed a new deal to commit his future to the province.
The Irish international follows hot on the heels of his Munster colleague Paul O’Connell in penning a new deal that will see him stay at the province until at least June 2016.
“I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue representing my province,” Earls said.
“This Munster team has shown it has what it takes to compete with the best in Europe and I look forward to playing my role in bringing further success to both Munster and Ireland.”
Earls made his senior debut for Munster against the Ospreys in April 2007. The Munster Rugby academy graduate has made 91 appearances for Munster scoring 26 tries.
He made his Ireland debut in the 55-0 win over Canada in Thomond Park in November 2008.The 26 year old has won 39 caps for Ireland scoring 12 tries. Earls was Ireland's top try scorer at RWC11 with 5 tries and he toured with the Lions in 2009. His last appearance for Ireland was in the final game of last year's 6 Nations against Italy.
"Keith is a proven finisher and has shown guile and determination throughout his rugby career for both Munster and Ireland,”IRFU CEO Philip Browne said today.
“We wish him a speedy recovery from his recent injury and look forward to seeing Keith play for Munster and Ireland over the next 2 years.”
Munster coach Rob Penney was delighted with the news, stating that the Limerick man will play a “huge role” in the future success of the province.