Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ireland lock Devin Toner signs new three-year deal with Leinster

Published 01/12/2016 | 11:16

Devin Toner of Ireland following the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Devin Toner of Ireland following the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Giant Ireland second row Devin Toner will don a Leinster jersey until at least 2020 after signing a new three year deal with the province and the IRFU.

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Toner has established himself as one of the best lineout operators on the planet in recent seasons.

The 30-year-old has made 187 appearances since his debut against the Border Reivers in January 2006.

He has already garnered two Six Nations Championship wins, three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Cup and three Pro12 league titles with Leinster.

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: “Devin is a top class international second row and has grown into a leader for both Ireland and Leinster.  His performances for Ireland over the past number of seasons have been outstanding and he continues to show growth and an appetite to develop his game.”

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson said: “Devin has established himself as a key player within Leinster Rugby and Ireland and securing his services is great news for both. Player retention is a huge focus and for a player of Devin’s calibre to commit to Leinster is a huge statement for us as a club and an endorsement of the work that Leo and the rest of the coaching staff are doing. We look forward to working with Devin over the coming years.”

Commenting on the new contract Devin Toner said: “I am delighted to have re-signed with the IRFU and Leinster.  There is a huge amount of talent coming through at Leinster and it is a really exciting time to be involved with the province.  There is a real opportunity to be successful at both provincial and national level over the coming years and I look forward to playing a part in helping to achieve that success.”

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