Keith Earls extends Ireland deal
ESPN Staff
January 21, 2014
Ireland's Keith Earls acknowledges the crowd, Ireland v Italy, Rugby World Cup, Otago Stadium, Dunedin, Ireland, October 2, 2011
Keith Earls has signed a new two-year deal © Getty Images

Keith Earls has followed in the footsteps of Paul O'Connell and Sean O'Brien by re-committing his future to the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Earls has signed a deal which will keep him at Munster until the end of the 2015-16 campaign. With O'Connell and O'Brien now signed up, the last man standing in terms of contract negotiations with the IRFU is Jamie Heaslip.

But in the meantime, the IRFU is delighted with Earls' decision to extend his stay in Ireland as he looks to add to his 39 caps.

"Keith is a proven finisher and has shown guile and determination throughout his rugby career for both Munster and Ireland," IRFU CEO Philip Browne said. "We wish him a speedy recovery from his recent injury and look forward to seeing Keith play for Munster and Ireland over the next two years."

Earls added: "I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue representing my province. This Munster team has shown it has what it takes to compete with the best in Europe and I look forward to playing my role in bringing further success to both Munster and Ireland."

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