Ireland's Cian Healy signs new three-year deal at Leinster

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Leinster's Cian Healy has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU which will keep him in Ireland until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Healy made his Leinster debut in May 2009 and has gone on to play 148 times for the province. He made his Ireland debut in the 20-20 draw against Australian in Nov. 2009 and has since gone on to earn 56 caps for his country, scoring three tries.

Healy said of the new deal: "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."

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora added: "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."

Healy last played for Ireland against Argentina in the quarterfinals of last year's Rugby World Cup.