Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has signed a new central contract that will see him remain with Leinster until end of June 2022.

The Athlone man has won 37 Ireland caps since making his debut in 2013, and toured with the Lions in 2017. 

"I am delighted to have signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU," said the 25-year-old, who may feature against Italy having missed the Six Nations win over Scotland with a dead leg.

"It is an exciting time to be part of Irish rugby and having tasted success with both Ireland and Leinster in recent seasons I am eager to play a role in driving further success at both international and provincial level."

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora spoke about Henshaw's desire to get better as a player when saying: "Robbie has established himself as a leader within this Ireland squad and has delivered consistent world-class performances which have helped to drive the sustained success enjoyed by the national team.

"He has a hunger for improvement and in driving the standards of those around him."

Henshaw won a Guinness Pro12 title with Connacht in 2016 and since his move to Leinster he has won a European Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 title and has made over 30 appearances for the province. 

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