The IRFU are happy to announce that it has secured the signatures of Ireland internationals Keith Earls and Denis Leamy. Their new contracts will see them remain with Munster for a further two years until 2014.
Keith Earls, who returned to training with the Ireland squad today, made his international debut against Canada in Thomond Park in 2008, scoring a try to mark the occasion.
This followed representative honours with the Munster and Ireland Schools teams as well as being part of the Ireland Under-20 team that won a Grand Slam in 2007.
He has represented his home province on 66 occasions, scoring 21 tries and was one of 14 Irish players originally selected in the British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa in 2009, playing five times during the tour.
He was selected in the 30-man Ireland squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, playing a part in all five games and scoring five tries in the tournament.
Denis Leamy has been a stalwart of both Munster and Ireland for a number of seasons, bursting onto the scene as a 20-year-old when making his debut for Munster in 2002.
He continued his rise through the representative ranks with Munster and Ireland, before making his full debut against the USA in Lansdowne Road in 2004.
He was a member of both of Munster Heineken Cup-winning teams in 2006 and 2008 and was also part of the Ireland Grand Slam-winning side as well as taking part in both the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup tournaments.
Leamy, who is currently recovering from surgery on a hip injury, said: “I’m delighted that my contract has been sorted and that I can concentrate on getting back on the field as soon as possible.
“I’ve achieved a lot in my career, winning the Six Nations as well as Heineken Cup and Magners League titles, but there is always the desire to try to continue that and achieve even more.
“It also makes it more pleasing to do that with Munster and to remain here in Ireland with my home province.”
Earls commented: “I’m excited about getting back in with the Ireland squad this week and hopefully getting the chance to play against France this weekend in the tournament (Six Nations).
“I’m really happy to get my contract completed as well. Munster has been my only home as a player and growing up only a few hundred yards from Thomond Park, it was always a dream to play for them and to represent Ireland, so I’m delighted to remain a Munster player.”
Career Details – Keith Earls
Born: October 2, 1987
Debut: v Canada, November 8, 2008
Points: 55 (11 tries)
Debut: v Ospreys, April 7, 2007
Points: 105 (21 tries)
British & Irish Lions
Debut: v Royal XV, May 30, 2009 (Tour to South Africa)
Points: 10 (2 tries)
Career Details – Denis Leamy
Born: November 27, 1981
Debut: v USA, November 20, 2004
Points: 10 (2 tries)
Debut: v Ebbe Vale, September 6, 2002
Points: 150 (30 tries)