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New IRFU deal for Leinster's Ross

Ireland prop Mike Ross has signed a new one-year contract which commits him to Leinster until June 2016.

The 35-year-old made his competitive debut for the province in 2009 and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances, while also winning 44 caps for his country.

Irish Rugby Football Union performance director David Nucifora said: "Mike has shown his value at both provincial and national level over the past number of seasons and we are delighted we have secured his services until the end of the 2016 season."

Leinster chief Mick Dawson added: "Mike has made a huge contribution to the Leinster environment since joining us in 2009.

"He continues to be an integral member of our squad and is also playing a key role in the development of emerging talent at the club.

"His performances for club and country this season illustrate his value to Irish rugby."

Ross himself said: "There is a huge amount of talent in the squad and it is an exciting time to be involved with both Leinster and Ireland.

"The next 12 months will be incredibly busy and challenging but also have the potential to be very rewarding too."

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