Kearney commits to Leinster
Updated: Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 18:06
Leinster and Ireland back Rob Kearney has agreed a new two-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain with the province until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Kearney made his debut for Leinster in 2005 and has become an integral part of his home province since then, being part of all three of Leinster’s Heineken Cup wins in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
His international career has seen him captain Ireland at Under-19 level, before winning his first cap for Ireland on the left wing against Argentina in 2007 in Buenos Aires.
The Louth man became a regular in the Ireland team in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship and was part of the 2009 championship winning side, as well playing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Kearney was pleased to have put pen to paper on a new deal, saying: “I am very excited to be remaining here to play with a great bunch of players and coaching staff.
“I have been very lucky to have experienced success with that same group over the last number of years and with the great support we have, it made it a very easy decision for me.”
Joe Schmidt was also delighted to have hammered out a deal.
“From the Leinster Academy through to the senior team and on to the international stage with Ireland and then the Lions in South Africa, Rob has shown his tremendous rugby ability and genuine drive to keep progressing so it's great that he'll be continuing with Leinster in the years to come," said the Leinster coach.