Updated at 20:00
LEINSTER AND IRELAND centre Garry Ringrose is set to reaffirm his commitment on these shores with the agreement of a new two-year contract.
Ringrose, 22, has long been marked out as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects and has delivered on that promise by making himself a regular in Joe Schmidt’s international side since making his debut against Canada last November.
The42 understands that the Dubliner’s new contract will be an extension of his provincial deal with Leinster rather than a national IRFU contract.
Ringrose, who signed his first senior contract with his native province ahead of last season, was one of a list of high-profile Irish internationals with a deal expiring at the end of this year, but his commitment through to 2020 is a boost to the union as they continue wrestling with several other expiring contracts.
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While Peter O’Mahony’s demands for an improved deal remain, Montpellier have refuted reports that they have shown interest in CJ Stander and so he, Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong are the most likely to follow Ringrose’s lead in committing to ply their trade in Ireland.