Ireland lock James Ryan signs new IRFU contract

James Ryan has played 24 Tests for Ireland
James Ryan has played 24 Tests for Ireland
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The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed that Leinster lock James Ryan has committed his immediate future with Ireland after signing a new two-year contract.

Ryan started his professional rugby with Leinster in 2017 and has gone on to make 37 appearances for the Irish province in which he scored two tries. He also enjoyed Heineken Champions Cup in 2018 along with two Pro 14 titles that came in 2018 and 2019.

The 23-year-old made his Ireland debut in June 2017 against USA in Hamilton and has gone on to play 24 Tests with his last appearance coming during the Six Nations opening game against Scotland.

“I am delighted to sign an IRFU contract," he told the official site of Irish Rugby.

"A lot has been packed into the start of my professional career with both Ireland and Leinster and there has been some great success and a few disappointments, but I am involved in two very exciting squads that want to be challenging for trophies.”

IRFU high performance director David Nucifora expressed delight in retaining the services of Ryan for another two years.

“James is still a young man but he has delivered consistent high level performances for both Ireland and Leinster," he added.

“He is growing into a leadership role with the national team and has a big future for both Ireland and Leinster.”


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