Ryan signs new deal with IRFU until 2024/25

Ryan signs new deal with IRFU until 2024/25

James Ryan has signed a new deal with the IRFU until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The Leinster and Ireland lock has become an integral player for both his province and country since making his debut in 2017. He has made 71 appearances for Leinster, winning a European Champions Cup in 2018, and has also won four league titles in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

On the international front, he has become one of the best second rowers for Ireland. He had a huge part to play in Ireland's 2018 and 2021 Grand Slam successes. This year, Ryan was the stand-in captain for the injured Johnny Sexton when Ireland played Italy in round three of this year's Six Nations.

He was one of Ireland's standout players during their campaign last month. Before this, he was also part of Ireland's team that beat New Zealand in a three-test series on their home patch for the first time in 2019.

James Ryan Paris , France - 12 February 2022; James Ryan of Ireland in action  (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Speaking about his new deal, the 26-year-old said: "The ambition of Leinster and Ireland to improve each day and win trophies is one of the reasons why it is so enjoyable to be part of these squads.

"There is also great camaraderie and competitive edge in both squads.

"I have also been fortunate to captain my country over the past couple of seasons, which has been an incredibly proud moment for me and my family."

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora added, "James has established himself as a world-class lock and is developing as a strong leader within the national squad and with his province.

"He has achieved a lot already in his career but at just 26 years of age, he continues to develop his game and will be a force for Ireland and Leinster for years to come."

On the league front, Leinster will face the Stormers in the United Rugby Championship this weekend, with the game on Saturday starting at 3pm.