Gordon D'Arcy has committed his future to the Irish Rugby Football Union and Leinster by signing a new contract that will see him remain in Ireland until the end of the 2013-14 season.
D'Arcy's contract with the IRFU had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign but the sport’s governing body in Ireland have been working hard to tie him down to a new deal and less than 24 hours after Leinster's Heineken Cup semi-final win over Clermont Auvergne the centre has finally put pen to paper.
The Wexford native made his debut for Leinster in 1998 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the province with the 30-year-old a key member of the squad that won the Heineken Cup in 2009 and 2011.
Just a year after making his Leinster debut, D'Arcy earned his first Ireland cap at the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and over the course of his international career he has become the second most capped centre in Irish history, behind playing partner Brian O’Driscoll.
As well as representing Ireland in a further two World Cups' D'Arcy was also a member of the British & Irish Lions squads for the tours to New Zealand and South Africa.
"Gordon is a wonderful servant for both Ireland and Leinster and this is proof of his undoubted talent that was indentified at a very early age," IRFU chief executive Philip Browne commented.
"I am delighted that he has committed himself to playing in Ireland and is another indicator of the successful policy of keeping as many of our top players here so that they can continue to contribute to the success of both Ireland and the provincial teams."
"Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt is delighted D'Arcy has ended speculation over his future and is confident he can continue to produce big performances for the province.
"Gordon is a born and bred Leinster man and since his debut in 1998 he has been a highly consistent performer for Leinster," he added.
"His competitiveness and ability have had added huge value both on and off the field. We're delighted that Gordon will be extending his long association with his home province and I am confident that he will continue to make a positive impression both on and off the field."