Rob Kearney has agreed a contract extension that will see him continue his Ireland and Leinster career until the end of the 2019-2020 season.

There was speculation that the 33-year-old may be headed for pastures new. As of last week, he was not included on Leinster's list of new contracts released, nor was he on the list of those heading for the exit door. 

However, Kearney has now put paid to such speculation and is keen to focus on a new campaign that includes the World Cup in Japan.

He said: "I am feeling pretty good about where I am physically and mentally after a long season which has contained a few lows but also some massive highs. 

"There are goals I still want to achieve with both Leinster and Ireland next season but I will enjoy a couple of weeks off now before getting stuck into what will be a hugely exciting season for Irish Rugby."

To date, the full-back has won 90 caps for his country since making his debut in 2007. He played a central role in two Grand Slam campaigns (2009 & 2018) as well as two further Six Nations Championship successes (2014 & 2015).

Since making his senior debut for Leinster in 2005 he has gone on to represent the province on 209 occasions winning four Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and five Celtic League/Guinness PRO 14 rugby titles.

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