Thursday 26 April 2018

Olding commits to Ulster as Leinster secure deals

Stuart Olding
Stuart Olding
Ulster's Stuart Olding (Sportsfile)

The scrum-halves' futures could be determined by Leinster's success in bringing in an overseas No 9.

Kearney, Ruddock and Michael Bent are understood to have secured two-year deals, as have Garry Ringrose, Josh van der Flier, Ross Molony, Peter Dooley and James Tracy who step up from the Academy.

Isa Nacewa, Mike McCarthy and Mike Ross have extended their stays by one year, as have youngsters Adam Byrne, Peter Dooley and Tom Daly.

Tadhg Furlong has also extended his deal, but the duration of it is not known.

While Leinster have previously waited until all of their deals were done before publicly announcing contracts, it is understood that the list released yesterday is not a final one.

Kiwi second-row Hayden Triggs was not among the renewals and could leave after just one season.

The eastern province weren't the only side doing contract business yesterday as Ulster nailed Stuart Olding down on a long-term deal as he committed until 2019 with director of rugby Les Kiss lavishing praise on the injury-hit youngster.

"He is one of the most talented players that I have ever worked with and he is a superb asset to this organisation. I'm sure that he will have a massive impact for us over the next few seasons," Kiss said.

The confirmation of Henshaw's move was the biggest news of the day, however, with the Athlone native finalising his long-awaited move yesterday.

"I am disappointed for Connacht that Robbie has decided to leave, but pleased for Irish rugby that he has committed to a further three years," IRFU performance director David Nucifora said in a union statement.

Meanwhile, the IRFU confirmed that Ireland will take on New Zealand in Chicago on Saturday, November 5. The match will be held at Soldier Field stadium at 9.0pm Irish time.

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