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IRFU Extend Rob Kearney’s Contract To End Of 2019/20 Season

IRFU Extend Rob Kearney’s Contract To End Of 2019/20 Season

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney celebrates following last November's GUINNESS Series win over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rob Kearney have agreed a contract extension that will see the full-back continue to play in Ireland until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Kearney, who has won 90 caps to date for his country, made his international debut against Argentina in June 2007. The most decorated player in Irish Rugby history, he has played a central role in two Grand Slam campaigns (2009and 2018) as well as two further Six Nations Championship successes (2014 and 2015).

The 33-year-old Louth man featured prominently in both victories over New Zealand (2016 and 2018) and played in all three Tests of the successful Series win over Australia last summer.

Since making his senior debut for Leinster in 2005, he has gone on to represent the province on 209 occasions, winning four Heineken Champions Cups, a European Challenge Cup and five GUINNESS PRO12/14 titles.

Kearney has represented Ireland at two Rugby World Cups (2011 and 2015) and is a# two-time Lions tourist (2009 and 2013), playing in all three Tests on the South Africa tour 10 years ago.

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said:

Rob has contributed a huge amount to Irish Rugby and has performed at a high level again this year for Ireland and Leinster. We are delighted that he will continue his career in Ireland in what will be his fifteenth season as a senior pro.”

Rob Kearney commented:

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.”