Dublin - Experienced
utility back Keith Earls said he would find it hard to play anywhere
other than for Munster and Ireland after he signed a two-year extension
to his present contract on Thursday.
The 31-year-old - scorer of 27 tries in 70 Tests and an integral
member of the Six Nations Grand Slam-winning side this year - committed
himself to his province and the national side till June 2021.
Earls has enjoyed a stellar career both with Munster and Ireland -
he is his country's all-time record try scorer at the World Cup with
eight in two campaigns (2011/15) - winning the 2008 European Cup and
2011 Celtic League.
"It would be hard to see me playing anywhere else!" Earls said in a statement released by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).
"I'm delighted to have re-signed for a further two years. My family and I are thrilled."
David Nucifora, the IRFU'S Performance Director, said Earls had shown
great resilience to come through two injury-blighted years in 2014 and
2015 and earn himself the contract extension.
"He has demonstrated his strength of character and star quality to
return and perform at such a consistently high level on the
international stage," said Nucifora.
Earls has also gone on one British and Irish Lions tour, the 2009
edition in South Africa making five appearances although he did not make
the Test side.