Utility back Keith Earls earns new two-year deal with Ireland and Munster

Last Updated: 21/01/14 3:15pm

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Keith Earls on Ireland duty against Scotland last February

Keith Earls on Ireland duty against Scotland last February

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Keith Earls has signed a new deal with the Irish RFU, and will continue playing for Munster for two more seasons.

The 26-year-old, who can play on the wing or at outside centre, rejected offers from English and French clubs to continue his career in his home country.

Earls has won 39 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2008, while scoring 12 tries.

He has also made 91 appearances for Munster and Earls said: "I'm delighted to sign a new contract and to continue representing my province.

"This Munster team has shown it has what it takes to compete with the best in

Europe and I look forward to playing my role in bringing further success to both Munster and Ireland."

Paul O'Connell and Sean O'Brien have also recently agreed new Ireland deals with the only remaining doubt for the IRFU being Jamie Heaslip, who has been linked with a switch to France when his contract expires at the end of the season.

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne added: "Keith is a proven finisher and has shown guile and determination throughout his rugby career for both Munster and Ireland."

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