Leinster have confirmed that Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden will complete the remaining games of the season with the club.

The Ireland international backs are in their final season with the province, with McFadden set to retire from the game, and Kearney still assessing his options.

The season would have been completed with the Guinness Pro14 final on 20 June but the coronavirus-enforced shutdown has prolonged both that tournament and the Heineken Champions Cup, for which new provisional dates for the knock-out stages were announced today.

The news about McFadden and Kearney, who have played 144 and 218 times for the province respectively, was expected and comes as Leinster promoted five academy players to their senior ranks and announced that seven players are set to depart.

Head coach Leo Cullen said: "We are delighted that Fergus McFadden and Rob Kearney have agreed to stay on for the completion of the 2019/20 Season.

"Both players have given so much to the team over the course of their careers as 'one club' men and hopefully, they can both contribute strongly to the team for the games that we still hope to play out." 

Ryan Baird, Harry Byrne Jack Dunne, Tommy O'Brien and Tom Sheehan move up to the senior squad, while Jack Aungier, Brian Byrne, Barry Daly, Oisin Dowling, Gavin Mullin, Roman Salanoa (to Munster) and Joe Tomane have left.

The four-time Champions Cup winners also announced new contracts for 28 players.

Cullen added: "We are delighted to be able to confirm the list of 28 contracts today and in particular with so many of them coming through the clubs and the schools of Leinster. A huge amount of work goes in to developing players at all levels of the game so it's incredibly pleasing for us to have five players promoted directly from our Academy. 

"It is always a hugely special day for them, their families and their clubs and schools so I would like to congratulate Ryan, Harry, Jack, Tommy and Dan. 

"To Bryan, Barry and Joe from the Senior squad and to Jack, Gavin, Roman and Oisín from the Academy we would like to thank you all for your contribution and effort that you have given the club. 

"Our focus now is making sure our training environment is as good and safe as it can be as we look to prepare for the completion of our Guinness PRO14 campaign and of course our eagerly-awaited showdown against Saracens in the Quarter-Final of the Heineken Champions Cup." 

Leinster Rugby – New Senior Contracts
 
1. Vakh Abdaladze, 11 Leinster Caps (LC), 1 Leinster Tries (T)
2. Ryan Baird, 7 LC, 3 T 
3. Michael Bent, 4 Ireland Caps (IC), 135 LC, 4 T 
4. Adam Byrne, 1 IC, 57 LC, 20 T 
5. Ed Byrne, 52 LC, 7 T 
6. Harry Byrne, 9 LC, 2 T 
7. Ross Byrne, 6 IC, 84 LC, 5 T 
8. Will Connors, 15 LC, 2 T 
9. Seán Cronin, 72 IC, 181 LC, 41 T 
10. Peter Dooley, 76 LC, 2 T 
11. Caelan Doris, 2 IC, 29 LC, 4 T 
12. Jack Dunne, 7 LC, 0 T 
13. Scott Fardy, 39 Australia Caps (AC), 58 LC, 10 T 
14. Jordan Larmour, 24 IC, 46 LC, 12 T 
15. Dan Leavy, 11 IC, 63 LC, 14 T 
16. James Lowe, 43 LC, 28 T 
17. Ross Molony, 95 LC, 3 T 
18. Josh Murphy, 32 LC, 2 T 
19. Tommy O'Brien, 3 LC, 1 T 
20. Rory O’Loughlin, 1 IC, 67 LC, 21 T 
21. Rowan Osborne, 4 LC, 1 T 
22. Andrew Porter, 26 IC, 62 LC, 9 T 
23. Rhys Ruddock, 26 IC, 172 LC, 10 T 
24. James Ryan, 26 IC, 37 LC, 2 T
25. Dan Sheehan, 0 LC, 0 T 
26. Devin Toner, 70 IC, 244 LC, 4 T 
27. James Tracy, 6 IC, 108 LC, 8 T 
28. Josh van der Flier, 26 IC, 80 LC, 9 T