Monday 25 September 2017

Jamie Heaslip signs new long-term contract with IRFU

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is tackled by Andries van Schalkwyk of Italy
Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is tackled by Andries van Schalkwyk of Italy

Jamie Heaslip has signed a new contract with the IRFU that will keep him in Ireland until after the after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 33-year-old has played 93 times for his county and captained Joe Schmidt's men in Saturday's 63-10 win over Italy in the absence of Rory Best.

"I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to represent Leinster and Ireland," said Heaslip.

"My aim when I started my professional rugby career was to leave the jersey - either the blue of Leinster or the green of Ireland in a better place than when I first put it on and this new contract gives me the chance to continue to chase this dream.

"As with each and every professional rugby player we don't do this alone and so I would like to thank my wife Sheena for supporting me always and all the coaches, fellow rugby players and supporters who have helped me live my boyhood dream - of going to work daily with a rugby ball in my hand".

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: "Jamie continues to illustrate why he is one of the top performers in international rugby. He is a leader for both his country and province and delivers a high level of performance every time he pulls on the green or blue jersey."

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