Leinster have been handed a major boost with the news that Rob Kearney has committed his future to the province by signing a new three-year contract.

The Ireland full-back agreed a new deal with the IRFU which will see him remain with Leinster until at least June 2018.

Kearney said: "I am happy to have signed a new contract that will keep me at Leinster for another three 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."

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

He has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions and been capped 56 times for Ireland.

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson hailed the news and said: "Rob is a senior international with a proven pedigree and a key voice within our environment.

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