Irish Rugby
Ross re-signs with Leinster and Ireland
ESPNscrum Staff
March 24, 2011
Ireland prop Mike Ross, Ireland v France, Six Nations, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, February 13, 2011
Mike Ross has agreed a new contract with Ireland and Leinster © Getty Images

Ireland prop Mike Ross has signed a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and will continue to play his provincial rugby for Leinster until 2013.

The 31-year-old emerged as Declan Kidney's first-choice tight-head during the Six Nations, helping to shore up the Irish set-piece and turning in a big performance in their victory over Grand Slam-chasing England.

Ross joined Leinster in 2009 following three years in England with Harlequins.

"It's been an enjoyable couple of months for me and I am delighted to be able to have my new contract agreed and to remain playing for Leinster," he said.

"Since coming back to Ireland, Leinster really has become my home and hopefully I can continue to maintain my performance levels to help keep the team successful and also keep me in the frame for selection for the Ireland team."

Kidney welcomed the news, adding: "The IRFU's policy of keeping as many players in Ireland as possible is an important part to helping Irish tugby challenge for success in competitions at all levels. The news that Mike has made the decision to carry on his career in Leinster is good for everybody concerned."

Meanwhile, two academy products have also signed up for more at the RDS. Flanker Rhys Ruddock and centre Eoin O'Malley have agreed new one and two year deals respectively.

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