Cian Healy has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU which will see him remain in Ireland up until the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Healy made his senior debut for Leinster against Border Reivers in May 2007 and has since made 148 appearances – scoring 17 tries.
He made his Ireland debut in the 20-20 draw with Australia in November 2009 and has gone on to win 56 caps for his country scoring three tries. His last cap for Ireland was against Argentina at RWC15.
Healy toured with the Series winning British & Irish Lions squad in 2013 although his tour was cut short due to injury. He has won three European Cups, a Challenge Cup and two Pro12 league titles with Leinster and two RBS 6 Nations Championship titles with Ireland.
IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora said: “Cian is one of the most explosive athletes in world rugby and has proven for both Ireland and Leinster his ability to compete at the highest levels of the game. We are delighted that Cian has committed to playing in Ireland up until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.”
Commenting on the new contract, Healy said: “I feel that I am coming back to full fitness now and would like to thank the medical and S&C teams for their ongoing support. There are a lot of exciting young talented players coming through at Leinster and Ireland and I am looking forward to competing for silverware over the next few seasons.”