Thursday 18 January 2018

Rob Kearney signs new three-year IRFU contract

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year deal
Leinster full-back Rob Kearney has signed a new three-year deal
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has committed his future to Leinster after the province announced he has signed a three-year deal.

The 28 year-old made his debut in 2005 and says he is delighted to have signed the new contract.

"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."

Kearney made his senior debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in September 2005 and has since made 155 appearances for his home province, scoring 38 tries.

He made his Ireland debut against Argentina in June 2005 and the 28-year-old full-back has gone on to win 56 caps for his country, scoring 10 tries and a drop goal.

Kearney has twice toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013, playing in all three Tests in South Africa five years ago.

"We are delighted that Rob has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years. Rob has shown his world class in the blue of Leinster, the green of Ireland and the red of the Lions," IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora added.

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson believes it highlights the ambition within the province to reatain their best players as they chase more success.

"Keeping our stars at Leinster will ensure that we continue to compete for silverware in our domestic competition and in Europe."

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