Ireland and Leinster tighthead Tadhg Furlong has extended his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Last month, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admitted he was unable to provide "clarity" on Furlong's situation as fears began to grow the Wexford man might move on, particularly after the province announced the signing of Samoan prop Michael Alaalatoa from Crusaders.

However, it's been confirmed that Furlong will be staying on for the foreseeable future.

The 28-year-old has won 49 caps to date for his country and started all three Tests of the Lions tour of New Zealand. Last week he was named in the touring party for this summer's series against South Africa.

He's made 113 appearances for Leinster, winning a Heineken Cup in 2018 along with three Guinness Pro14 titles.

"Happy to sign on for one more year," said Furlong.

"There has been some tough days of late but I believe the squads we have in both Leinster and Ireland are able to compete for trophies in the future.

"I look forward to hopefully playing at a packed out RDS or Aviva Stadium in the months ahead."

IRFU performance director David Nucifora said in a statement: "Tadhg was a long time out of the game but showed upon his return what a positive influence he can be for both Ireland and Leinster.

"He has grown as a senior voice in the Ireland squad and his recent performances reminded everyone why he is rated as one of the best tightheads in world rugby."