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Saturday 10 December 2016

Wanted Man Healy keeps the faith for three more years

Market forces mean the Irish Rugby Football Union centrally funded deal has led to a considerable increase in salary for Ireland prop Cian healy: SPORTSFILE
Market forces mean the Irish Rugby Football Union centrally funded deal has led to a considerable increase in salary for Ireland prop Cian healy: SPORTSFILE

Cian Healy has signed a lucrative three year contract extension to stay on at Leinster.

"Cian is one of the most explosive athletes in world rugby," said David Nucifora, the IRFU's Performance Director.

"(He) has proven for both Ireland and Leinster his ability to compete at the highest levels of the game. We are delighted that Cian has committed to playing in Ireland up until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan."

Market forces mean the Irish Rugby Football Union centrally funded deal has led to a considerable increase in salary for the Ireland prop.

The bargaining power of Healy was thought to be compromised by his relative inaction in recent seasons as serious, time-consuming hamstring and neck injuries have taken hold.

The value of any IRFU contract awarded is based on a number of measurable factors, one of which is the durability of the player.

However, the flood of money from broadcast rights into France and England, where Worcester Warriors had been reported to offer Healy 750,000 euros-pre-annum, has led to a knock-on increase in the cost of keeping Ireland's best at home.

Healy, 28, had to make a near miracle comeback from neck surgery to play at the 2015 World Cup.

He played just four times for Ireland last season for a total of 114 minutes and has missed the first two rounds of the Six Nations. "I feel that I am coming back to full fitness now and would like to thank the medical and S&C teams for their ongoing support," said Healy.

"There are a lot of exciting young talented players coming through at Leinster and Ireland and I am looking forward to competing for silverware over the next few seasons."

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