Tadhg Furlong pens IRFU contract to extend stay with Leinster

Tadhg Furlong's new contract will keep him with Leinster until 2021. Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Ireland international prop Tadhg Furlong has committed his future to Leinster Rugby after signing a three-year IRFU contract which will keep him with the province until 2021.

A product of the Leinster youth system, Furlong, 25, has gone on to make 73 appearances for the PRO14 outfit since making his debut in November 2013.

In addition to winning 19 caps for the Irish national team, Furlong's performances earned him a place in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad which toured New Zealand over the summer.

Putting in a number of impressive displays at tighthead, the front-rower was chosen to start all three Tests against the All Blacks as the tourists secured a historic series draw.

"I am delighted to have signed a contract with the IRFU to continue to play with Leinster," Furlong said.

"I got a number of opportunities over the past few seasons that have helped me to develop as a player and I want to continue to develop and be successful with both Leinster and Ireland."

Leinster Rugby's CEO, Mick Dawson added: "This is great news for Leinster and Ireland. Tadhg is a product of the Leinster Youths system and has come through New Ross, into our age grade system into our senior team and now to the highest honours with Ireland and the Lions.

"His signature is a huge boost as we continue to build for the coming seasons. Securing homegrown and young talent like Tadhg is a key part of the Leinster way."

Furlong will feature when Leinster welcome Exeter Chiefs in the Champions Cup on Saturday after helping Leo Cullen's men to an impressive 18-8 win at Sandy Park in their last outing.