Keith Earls, Munster's back, has extended his contract with Ireland. This will keep him in place until the end 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Earls has represented Ireland 96 times, scoring 34 international try.
This makes Ireland's 34-year old second most prolific try scorer behind Brian O'Driscoll.
Although he was unable to participate in the 2022 Six Nations, he did take part in all three Irish autumn fixtures in 2021 despite an injury.
His last attempt for Ireland came against England during the final game in the 2021 Six Nations.
He made his international debut in November 2008 against Canada and started every match of Ireland's 2018 Grand Slam triumph.
Earls played in three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015, and 2019) and is Ireland’s most successful try scorer at the tournament with eight. In 2009, he toured South Africa as part of the British and Irish Lions.
He represented Munster in 192 matches.
Earls stated, “I'm very happy to extend my contract avec Irish Rugby and Munster jusqu'au end of the Rugby World Cup” in France.
“This Ireland squad hasn't shied away stating their ambitions for the World Cup. I want to be a part in that journey.”
“Munster is building quality depth with lots talent coming through the Academy and Province's clubs, schools and schools. The new coaching team will be looking to push the province forward to the next level.”
David Nucifora, IRFU's performance director, stated that Keith is an integral part the leadership group of the national setup and his game understanding continues produce quality performances.
“He also plays a significant role in guiding less-experienced players and helping them to understand what it takes for them to compete at the international stage.”