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Rob Kearney signs new contract with Leinster

Last Updated: 05/02/13 7:39pm

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Rob Kearney, left, has opted not to follow team-mate Jonathan Sexton to France

Rob Kearney, left, has opted not to follow team-mate Jonathan Sexton to France

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has signed a new contract extension with Leinster.

The 26-year-old has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him with the Irish province until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Kearney, who has won 42 caps for Ireland and three for the British & Irish Lions, made his Leinster debut in 2005 and has gone on to play 125 games for them.

His decision to re-sign with Leinster is a significant boost for the province, as well as Ireland, following team-mate Jonathan Sexton's call to make a lucrative move to the French Top 14 at the end of the season.

Kearney said: "I'm delighted to be continuing my rugby career in Ireland. Leinster Rugby has always been my home and I am very excited to be remaining here to play with a great bunch of players and coaching staff.

"I have been very lucky to have experienced success with that same group over the last number of year and with the great support we have, it made it a very easy decision for me."

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt added: "After being named ERC player of the year in 2012 Rob has had a few frustrations with injury in the first half of this season but he has added genuine value since returning to the side in early January.

"From the Leinster academy through to the senior team and on to the international stage with Ireland and then the Lions in South Africa, Rob has shown his tremendous rugby ability and genuine drive to keep progressing so it's great that he'll be continuing with Leinster in the years to come."

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