Keith Earls has signed a new contract extension at both Munster and Ireland which will see where the red at provincial and green at international level until at least June 2021.
The 31 year old has a superb try scoring record for Ireland, he indeed has scored 27 tries in 70 Ireland appearances. He said “It would be hard to see me playing anywhere else. “I’m delighted to have re-signed for a further two years”. He said he cant wait for the future and that he and his family are thrilled to representing Munster and Ireland.
Earls is an adaptable back, in terms of playing several positions on the field, he can play centre, wing and full back. He started all of the last 8 tests for Joe Schmidt’s side with one of those game ending in Earls winning the Grand Slam title against England in the Six Nations. Speaking about the new contract the head of the IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said “Keith had a tough run of injuries which ruled him out of the national team successes enjoyed in 2014 and 2015 but he has demonstrated his strength of character and star quality to return and perform at such a consistently high level on the international stage.” He went on to say further “He illustrated his leadership qualities on the summer tour to the US and Japan where he played a key role in the development of a number of younger players”.
Earls began his international career in 2008 with an appearance against Canada, while he made his Munster debut in 2007. He was on the British and Irish Lions team tour to South Africa in 2009. He has missed out Munster’s last two Heineken Champions Cup games due to a hamstring injury but Joe Schmidt has opted to include him in the squad for the upcoming Autumn series international games.