Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Kearney commits future to Leinster

Rob Kearney will remain at Leinster until 2015

Rob Kearney has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that will keep him at Leinster until 2015.

The 26-year-old full-back's decision to stay in Dublin will have been welcomed by the IRFU after Jonathan Sexton revealed 11 days ago he would be joining an overseas club at the end of the season.

Kearney, who has made 45 Test appearances including three Lions caps, is one of Ireland's highest-profile players and reacted to Sexton's forthcoming departure by warning the IRFU his Leinster team-mate could be the first of several Irish players to accept a lucrative offer from the French Top 14.

However, the 2012 European player of the year and three-time Heineken Cup winner has chosen to accept improved terms from the IRFU.

"I'm delighted to be continuing my rugby career in Ireland. Leinster have always been my home and I'm very excited to be remaining here to play with a great bunch of players and coaching staff," Kearney said.

"I've been very lucky to have experienced success with that same group over the last number of years and with the great support we have, it made it a very easy decision for me."

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