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Jamie Heaslip has signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU, which will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2017.
Heaslip made his debut for Leinster against the Ospreys in March 2005 and has since made 176 appearances, scoring 34 tries.
The number 8 made his Ireland debut in the 61-17 win over the Pacific Islands in November 2006 and has won 60 caps for Ireland and scored eight tries.
The 30-year-old toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013 and played five tests.
Heaslip was shortlisted for the IRB Player of the Year Award in 2009 and for the ERC Player of the Year Award in 2013.
“Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end”
He said: “It is great to have signed on for another three years with Leinster.
“Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end. I am looking forward to playing my role in driving success for both Leinster and Ireland.”
IRFU CEO Philip Browne added: “We are delighted that Jamie has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years.
“He has been one of most consistent performers and top number eights in world rugby for many years and has played a starring role for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.”