Tue 19 Feb 2019 | 12:29

New deal for Ireland's star centre

New deal for Ireland's star centre
Tue 19 Feb 2019 | 12:29
New deal for Ireland's star centre
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NEWS: The IRFU confirmed that Robbie Henshaw has extended his IRFU contract which will see him play his rugby at Leinster up to at least the end of June 2022.

Henshaw made his international debut against the USA in 2013 and has gone on to win 37 caps to date for Ireland. He started every game of the 2015 Six Nations Championship and played in the opening two games of the 2018 Grand Slam success before injury curtailed his involvement. He returned to the Irish midfield to start all three of the June tests against Australia.

The Athlone native played his part in securing a first victory over the Springboks on South African soil in 2016 and scored the decisive final try in the win over New Zealand at Soldier Field.

He represented Ireland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup playing the pool games against Italy, and France and the quarterfinal against Argentina. Henshaw toured with the 2017 British and Irish Lions making four appearances.

Robbie won a Pro12 title with Connacht in 2016 and since his move to Leinster he has won a European Champions Cup and Pro14 title (both 2018) and has made over 30 appearances for Leinster.

“Robbie has established himself as a leader within this Ireland squad and has delivered consistent world-class performances which have helped to drive the sustained success enjoyed by the national team,” said IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora.

“He has a hunger for improvement and in driving the standards of those around him.”

Henshaw added: “I am delighted to have signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU. It is an exciting time to be part of Irish Rugby and having tasted success with both Ireland and Leinster in recent seasons I am eager to play a role in driving further success at both international and provincial level.”

 

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