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Cap-record holder Toner the latest Leinster star to confirm a new deal

The province have announced a raft of new deals this week.

Devin Toner.
Devin Toner.
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Updated Apr 16th 2021, 4:28 PM

LEINSTER HAVE CONFIRMED that Devin Toner has extended his contract with the province ahead of next season.

The lock joined fellow reland international Dan Leavy, versatile back Jimmy O’Brien and hooker Ronan Kelleher in having confirmation of his stay confirmed on Friday.

Meath man Toner is the most capped player in Leinster’s history and has won four Champions Cups and seven domestic leagues with his native province.

The 34-year-old has also won three Six Nations with Ireland, including a Grand Slam in 2018.

26-year-old Ireland international Leavy made his long-awaited return from a serious knee injury earlier this season but subsequently underwent another knee procedure in February.

However, Leinster are confident that Leavy will make a full recovery from his latest surgery and have underlined as much by tying him down to a new deal.

The openside flanker, who helped Ireland to their Grand Slam in 2018, will hope to make a major impact in the 2021/22 season and force his way into Andy Farrell’s national team.

24-year-old Kildare man O’Brien has been excellent for Leinster over the last two seasons, playing at fullback, outside centre, and even starting on the left wing once during the current campaign.

O’Brien is an Ireland 7s international and has pointed to his time in the seven-man as crucial to his development.

Kelleher, who scored his first international try against France during this year’s Six Nations, made his debut for Leinster in 2019.

Leinster have announced a raft of contract extensions this week, as well as the signing of Samoa international tighthead prop Michael Alaalatoa, who will arrive from the Crusaders in New Zealand this summer.

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New contracts for Luke McGrath, Sean Cronin, Michael Milne, Dave Kearney, Ross Molony, James Tracy, Thomas Clarkson, Jack Conan, Scott Penny, Hugo Keenan, and David Hawkshaw have already been confirmed this week, with more to come today.

Veteran lock Scott Fardy confirmed yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season.

Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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