Jamie Heaslip Signs New Contract With IRFU

Jamie Heaslip Signs New Contract With IRFU
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

14 Feb 2017

It's been confirmed that Leinster and Ireland number 8 Jamie Heaslip has committed his future to the IRFU.

Heaslip has signed a new contract until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The 33 year old has won 93 caps for Ireland throughout a stellar career, which has seen him win three Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam in 2009, as well as three Heineken Cups and two Pro12 titles with Leinster.

He has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, including the victorious tour to Australia in 2013.

Heaslip himself has said he's 'delighted' to continue to represent both Leinster and Ireland.

"My aim when I started my professional rugby career was to leave the jersey - either the blue of Leinster or the green of Ireland in a better place than when I first put it on and this new contract gives me the chance to continue to chase this dream.

"As with each and every professional rugby player we don't do this alone and so I would like to thank my wife Sheena for supporting me always and all the coaches, fellow rugby players and supporters who have helped me live my boyhood dream - of going to work daily with a rugby ball in my hand".

The contract comes off the back of arguably Heaslip's best form for province and country, which saw him nominated for the World Rugby Player Of The Year award in 2016, which was eventually won by New Zealand's Beauden Barrett.

Speaking about the retention of Heaslip, IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora, said: 

"Jamie continues to illustrate why he is one of the top performers in international rugby.

"He is a leader for both his country and province and delivers a high level of performance every time he pulls on the green or blue jersey."

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