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Healy signs on for 2 more years

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 4:11pm

Cian Healy will remain in Ireland for at least two more years after announcing a contract extension this week. The loose-head signed a new IRFU contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Capped 88 times for Ireland, Healy started four of Ireland’s five Guinness Six Nations fixtures this season and also starred in the victories over Argentina and New Zealand in November.

He started against France, Wales, Scotland and England in the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam campaign and also started the pivotal second test against Australia on the summer tour that followed.

Commenting on the new contract, Healy said: “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. 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.

“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, he said.

“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,” he concluded.

Meanwhile Munster Rugby has confirmed that Doug Howlett is to move home to New Zealand in the autumn after 11 years with the province. Howlett joined Munster in 2008, where he played before retiring in 2011, after which he took up the position of Head of Commercial and Marketing with the club.

Howlett commented: “The privilege of playing for Munster Rugby, completing my MBA in UCC, and having the opportunity to run the province’s commercial and marketing programmes under the guidance of Garrett Fitzgerald, and the Commercial Board’s Niall Fitzgerald and Patrick Coveney, have all been incredible experiences.

“It has been an extraordinary 11 years living in Ireland and I will always treasure my time in this special and unique club, and in Irish sport, academia and business.”

Howlett has also taken up a high-performance role with the Cork senior hurling team this season and will stay in that role for the remainder of the hurling championship before departing for New Zealand.

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