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Andrew Porter signs lengthy new IRFU contract

By Kim Ekin
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Ireland and Leinster prop Andrew Porter has signed an IRFU contract which will see him play his rugby in Ireland until at least July 2025.

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Porter, who has been in outstanding form in 2021, has starred for both his province and for Ireland and is considered one of the best props in world rugby. Having played the majority of his international rugby at tighthead Porter made the switch to loosehead at the tail end of 2021 starting all three games of the Autumn Nations Series at No.1.

“Andrew worked incredibly hard to transition from loosehead to the tighthead role and has shown the same dedication and application to revert back in recent months,” said David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director. “He has proven his credentials on the tight-head side and took a big step during November to show that he can be a force at international level on the loosehead side. It will be exciting to see how his career progresses over the coming seasons.”

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Porter commented “It is a really exciting time for Irish Rugby with both Ireland and Leinster in a good place and with ambition to get better. It was fantastic to have crowds back in the stadiums over the past couple of months and it makes a huge difference to the players on the field. Hopefully we will be back to full stadia in the months ahead.”

Porter his Ireland debut against the USA in June 2017 and has gone on to win 40 caps since for his country. The 6ft, 120kg forward featured in four of Ireland’s five games in the 2018 Championship grand slam season and played in all five on Ireland’s games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Renowned for his gym strength, he was initially selected to tour with the British and Irish Lions in 2021 but was subsequently ruled out with injury. He made his Leinster debut against Benetton in 2016 and has represented the province on 82 occasions scoring 13 tries. With Leinster Andrew has won an EPCR Champions Cup and four PRO rugby titles.

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