DEVIN TONER

Devin Toner   Photo: Leinster Rugby

Devin Toner Photo: Leinster Rugby

Congratulations to Ireland lock Devin Toner on signing a new professional contract for Leinster Rugby, which will keep him with the province until at least June 2017. Big Devin made his senior debut for the Boys in Blue against the Border Reivers in January 2006 and has since made 157 appearances for Leinster, scoring three tries.

He made his Ireland debut in the 20-10 win over Samoa in November 2010. The 28 year-old has won 20 caps for his country and his last appearance for Ireland was in the 26-23 victory over Australia in November. Devin won a RBS 6 Nations Championship with Ireland in 2014 and has collected three Heineken Cups, an Amlin Cup and three PRO12 league titles with Leinster.

Devin Toner in training for Ireland  Photo: IRFU

Devin Toner in training for Ireland Photo: IRFU

Commenting on the new contract he said: “It is great to have signed on for another two years with Leinster. I have been with the province for almost a decade and during that time the club have invested a lot in my development and have given me the platform to reach my potential and achieve success at both provincial and national level”.

IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora said Devin had developed into an international level second row over the last few seasons. He had performed consistently at a high level for both Ireland and Leinster and was illustrating strong leadership skills in both the provincial and national environments.

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson said: “We are delighted that Devin has signed an IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2017 season. Devin’s skill, athleticism and leadership add greatly to our environment and he continues to grow and develop as a player who has a huge role to play at Leinster over the next few seasons”.

Ireland rugby jersey  Photo: IRFU

Ireland rugby jersey Photo: IRFU

HEINEKEN RUGBY

ERC Heineken Cup

ERC Heineken Cup

Congratulations to Ulster Rugby on their Heineken Cup win over Leicester. The 19-22 victory over the Tigers at Welford Road thanks to the boot of Ruan Pienaar earned them a home quarter final at Ravenhill against Saracens. The semi-final draw also favours Ulster, and hopefully they can progress to a home tie against the winners of Clermont v Leicester. Ulster and Saracens met in the last eight last season and on that occasion the Londoners ran out winners 27-16.

The other semi-final could be an all-Irish affair with the winner of Toulon v Leinster hosting the winner of Munster v Toulouse. The quarter-finals take place from 4th-6th April with the semis following on 25th-27th April. The last eight line-up includes six past champions, with Saracens and last year’s beaten finalists Clermont the only survivors this season not to have won the tournament.

Quarter-finals: Ulster v Saracens; Clermont v Leicester; Toulon v Leinster; Munster v Toulouse.

Semi-finals: Ulster or Saracens v Clermont or Leicester; Toulon or Leinster v Munster or Toulouse.

Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby