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Ireland star Dan Sheehan signs new contract with Irish Rugby

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Apr 15, 2024

Ireland star Dan Sheehan has agreed to a new two-year deal with Irish Rugby, which will keep him with Leinster until the end of the 2025/26 season.

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The 25-year-old hooker made his debut against Japan in 2021 and has gone on to feature in 26 tests to date, scoring 10 tries in the process.

Speaking on his future, Sheehan said, “I am delighted to commit my future to Leinster and continue my playing career in Ireland. It means an enormous amount to wear the green of Ireland and blue of Leinster, and I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and support staff who help foster such positive environments. It is a hugely exciting time to be playing rugby in Ireland, and I believe the best is yet to come at club and international levels in the months and years to come.”

From an Irish Rugby perspective, locking down their first-choice hooker was a major move and signals the pull for Irish players to remain at home.

Expressing his delight at retaining one of their top homegrown players, IRFU performance director David Nucifora said, “Dan is a world-class talent who continues to set the bar high in world rugby. His try-scoring stats are eye-catching but tell only part of the story of his value to the Ireland and Leinster dressing-rooms. It is a great boost for all supporters of Irish Rugby that he has decided to remain in Ireland over the coming seasons and I look forward to watching his development as he approaches the prime stages of his career.”

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