Leinster are riding the crest of a wave at present. Sitting atop the Pro12 table, they marched onto the Champions Cup semi-final with a comprehensive win over Premiership leaders Wasps last weekend.
However, what is evening more promising for the RDS-faithful is the manner in which the younger generation led the charge in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Joey Carbery, Garry Ringrose, Jack Conan and Tadhg Furlong were all instrumental in the win, and represent a victory for the Leinster academy system.
With that in mind, Leinster fans will be happy to hear the news today that the club have given new contracts to no less that 15 players.
Capped players Conan, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Noel Reid, Jordi Murphy and Richardt Strauss are among those who have received the deals.
Exciting winger Adam Byrne is another notable contract renewal.
Central contracts for Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner were also confirmed.
Leo Cullen spoke of delight at the announcement.
“The news today of the retention of a further 13 players to the Leinster roster is a huge boost as we look to build towards next season.
“You need to have a strong squad capable of challenging on two fronts.
“We have used 51 players so far this season in the Guinness PRO12 and the Champions Cup and with 14 players capped during Ireland’s Six Nations campaign it is vitally important that we have that level of competition and experience across the squad at all times to try to maintain consistency in both competitions.”
He also mentioned the acquisitions of Scott Fardy and James Lowe as the province strengthens.
“We are trying to play a brand of rugby that excites people and we want to give those supporters in the RDS or in the Aviva Stadium something to really get behind.
“The signings of Scott and James as well as the other lads that we have promoted to the Senior ranks and that we have retained is, I hope, a sign of where we want to bring Leinster next season and into the future.”
The full list of new contracts:
Adam Byrne, Bryan Byrne, Ed Byrne, Jack Conan, Barry Daly, Tom Daly, Jamie Heaslip, Mick Kearney, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Ian Nagle, Noel Reid, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner.
Via Leinster Rugby.
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