Ross extends stay with Leinster to 2013
HAVING made the tight-head position his own during the Six Nations, the IRFU have moved quickly to secure the services of Leinster's Mike Ross until the end of the 2013 season.
Ross has made 39 appearances for Leinster since signing from Harlequins in 2009 and has won seven caps at national level.
"It's been an enjoyable couple of months for me and I am delighted to be able to have my new contract agreed and to remain at Leinster," said Ross (right).
"Since coming back to Ireland, Leinster really has become my home and, hopefully, I can continue to maintain my performance levels to help keep the team successful and also keep me in the frame for selection with the Ireland team."
Leinster also announced that Rhys Ruddock and Eoin O'Malley have each agreed new one and two-year deals with the province.
Centre O'Malley (22) has featured in 16 games so far this season -- including making his Heineken Cup debut in the cauldron of Stade Marcel Michelin -- and was recently rewarded with his first Ireland Wolfhounds caps against Scotland and England.
International back-row Ruddock (20) has agreed his first full-time deal with the province and has featured in 13 games this season.