Leinster and Ireland have been given a big boost, as Tadhag Furlong has ended speculation about his future by signing a new three-year contract.
Urlong opted to sign a one-year extension earlier this year due to issues arising out of the pandemic, but the IRFU has moved quickly to tie up one of its most prized assets.
World leading Tighthead had attracted significant interest from overseas, but a lucrative new expansion was enough to ensure that Furlong would play his rugby in Ireland until at least the end of the 2024/25 season.
Fresh on the back of an impressive Autumn Nations series, during which Furlong was arguably Ireland’s standout player, Leinster will be relieved to know he is not going anywhere.
The 29-year-old has won 52 Ireland Caps since his debut in 2015, while he has played 116 games for Leinster since 2013, as well as being a key figure in the last two Lions tours.
“November was a really positive block for Ireland’s squad and it was great to have supporters back in the stadium,” Furlong said.
“Ireland and Leinster have started the season well and both squads will be aiming for silverware again this season.”
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said: “Tadhag has yet again traced his lineage as one of the best tieheads in world rugby. His performances for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions over the past year have been top drawer And we are glad that he has extended his contract till the end of the 2024/25 season.