Ireland wing Keith Earls has signed a one-year extension to his IRFU contract, keeping him at Munster until 2022.

Earls, 33, made his Ireland debut against Canada in 2008.

He has won 91 caps and scored 33 tries for Ireland, including eight at Rugby World Cups, making him Ireland's second top tryscorer of all time.  

Earls toured with the Lions in South Africa in 2009 and started every game of Ireland’s 2018 Grand Slam Six Nations campaign.

The Limerick native has lined out for Munster 177 times, scoring 57 tries having made his provincial debut in 2007 against the Ospreys. 

Earls said: "Munster and Ireland are building strong squads, with exciting talent coming through ensuring two very competitive environments.

"I want to play a role for Munster this season and next, and I am as passionate as ever about pulling on the green jersey and being successful with Ireland." 


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Earls joins other high-profile signees Johnny Sexton, Iain Henderson, Cian Healy and Peter O'Mahony, who have all agreed to new IRFU deals recently.

Speaking to reporters last week, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell gave some insight to the decisions to award players central contracts.

He said: "Well, to get a central contract...if you look at the history, you show continuity at this level to be a top-class international player. 

"That’s the remit that everyone understands, and that’s what we see too. 

"Just because somebody pops up and plays four or five games that are really good, as far as international rugby is concerned it’s about consistency at this level to prove your worth. 

"I suppose that’s how we’ve always worked and how we’ll continue to." 

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