Kearney extends Leinster contract

Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2018.

The Carlingford native made his competitive senior debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in September 2005 and has since made 155 appearances, scoring 38 tries.

He made his Ireland debut against Argentina in June 2005 and the 28 year old has gone on to win 56 caps for Ireland scoring 10 tries and a drop goal. His last appearance for Ireland was in the 29-15 victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Kearney has won a Grand Slam (2009) and Six National Championships (2014) with Ireland and three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Challenge Cup and three Pro12 league titles with Leinster. He was named ERC Player of the Year in 2012.

Kearney, who has twice toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013 playing in all three Tests in South Africa said: 'I am happy to have signed a new contract that will keep me at Leinster for another 3 years. I made my debut for Leinster almost 10 years ago and it is a great honour be in a position to extend my contract and hopefully play a part in future success at both provincial and national level.'