Cian Healy has signed a two-year contract extension with the IRFU.
The deal will keep the Ireland international at Leinster until the end of the 2021/22 season.
Since making his Leinster debut in 2007, Healy has made 207 appearances for the province, scoring 22 tries.
The 31-year-old has won five European and three PRO14 titles at club level, and has also enjoyed a spectacular international career.
Healy has won 88 international caps, and has won the Six Nations three times with Ireland.
The loosehead was also a member of the 2013 British and Irish Lions.
“Pulling on a Leinster or an Ireland jersey is something that I have always taken a huge amount of pride in and I am thankful for every opportunity I get,” Healy said on Leinster’s official website.
“I am delighted therefore to have extended my IRFU contract and to continue to line out for Leinster.
“I believe that we have built something special at Leinster and with the national team and I want to contribute as best I can to both teams in what will be a hugely exciting few months and years ahead.”
Healy – who will be a member of Ireland’s World Cup squad later this year – says he is looking forward to the next chapter of his career.
“There has been some difficult times over the last few years for me personally with injury but the support within the Leinster and the Irish rugby family was very humbling from fellow players, coaches and supporters and it’s something that I won’t forget.
“It made this decision all the easier knowing that I was part of something bigger than just a rugby team.
“I hope to play my part in helping Leinster and Ireland achieve further success over the next few years and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in that journey.”
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