Rugby union: Leinster's Jamie Heaslip agrees new contract with IRFU
Last Updated: 23/01/14 5:17pm
Jamie Heaslip: Agrees deal to stay in Ireland until 2017
Leinster No 8 Jamie Heaslip has agreed a new contract to remain in Ireland until June 2017, quashing talk of a move to European champions Toulon.
Heaslip, who has won 60 caps for Ireland and was a key member of the successful British and Irish Lions squad that toured Australia last year, has signed a new three-year deal.
"Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end," Heaslip said.
"Jamie has played a massive role in Leinster's success over the past six or seven years, he is a key leader within the squad and he will play an integral part in the club's plans to compete for silverware in the years to come."
Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson
"I am looking forward to playing my role in driving success for both Leinster and Ireland."
After Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton left Leinster for Racing Metro last year - joining the growing exodus of internationals heading to the French league - the IRFU has been battling to keep some of the province's top players under central contracts.
Heaslip now joins Leinster team-mate Sean O'Brien, who last week said he had spurned offers to join some of the world's biggest clubs, in extending his deal with the club.
"Jamie has played a massive role in Leinster's success over the past six or seven years, he is a key leader within the squad and he will play an integral part in the club's plans to compete for silverware in the years to come," said Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson.
Heaslip made his Leinster debut against the Ospreys in March 2005 and won his first Ireland cap against the Pacific Islands in November 2006.
Munster's Conor Murray and Donnacha Ryan also signed new deals last year.