Star tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong has extended his contract with the IRFU to the end of the 2021-22 season.
Furlong recently had a long spell on the sidelines through injury but took no time at all to find his bullocking form on the pitch once he returned.
“Tadhg was a long time out of the game but showed upon his return in January what a positive influence he can be for both Ireland and Leinster,” said David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director.
“He has grown as a senior voice in the Ireland squad and his recent performances reminded everyone why he is rated as one of the best tighthead’s in world rugby.”
“Happy to sign on for one more year. There has been some tough days of late but I believe the squads we have in both Leinster and Ireland are able to compete for trophies in the future. I look forward to hopefully playing at a packed out RDS or Aviva Stadium in the months ahead.”
To date, Furlong boasts 49 test caps for Ireland as well as 3 for the British & Irish Lions. He was named in Warren in Gatland’s 2021 Lions squad to take on South Africa later this year.