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Kearney sticking with Leinster

Rob Kearney has signed a three-year contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union, tying him to Leinster until June 2018.

With numerous world stars heading to France's Top 14, retaining the 28-year-old British and Irish Lions full-back in Ireland is something of a coup and follows on from his involvement in last Saturday's 29-15 defeat of South Africa.

"I am happy to have signed a new contract that will keep me at Leinster for another three years," Kearney said.

"I made my debut for Leinster almost 10 years ago and it is a great honour be in a position to extend my contract and hopefully play a part in future success at both provincial and national level."

Kearney made his debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in September 2005 and he has made a total of 155 appearances, scoring 38 tries.

He made his Ireland debut against Argentina in June 2007 and has made 56 appearances, scoring 10 tries and a drop goal, and toured with the Lions in 2009 and 2013.

Kearney has won a Grand Slam (2009) and Six Nations Championship (2014) with Ireland and three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Challenge Cup and three Pro12 league titles with Leinster.

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson said: "Keeping our stars at Leinster will ensure that we continue to compete for silverware in our domestic competition and in Europe."

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