Leinster sign Browne and Carr
May 4, 2011
Winger Fionn Carr will make the switch from Irish rivals Connacht in the off-season © PA Photos
Leinster have announced the signing of lock Damian Browne and winger Fionn Carr on one-year deals with the duo set to link up with the province this summer.
Browne, a former Ireland U21 international, will make the switch from French Top 14 club Brive while Leinster Academy graduate Carr returns to his home province having made his name with Irish rivals Connacht. The 25-year-old is the highest try scorer in the western province's history and has also represented Ireland at Schools, U19, U21 and 'A' levels.
"We are delighted to announce the signings of two Irish qualified players in Damian and Fionn and we believe that both players have the potential to make an impression over the coming season," said Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt. "I know how enthusiastic both players are about linking up this summer, in Fionn's case his arrival will be a homecoming of sorts as he is a graduate from the Leinster Academy.
Leinster have also confirmed hooker Richardt Strauss has extended his contract until 2013 while Dominic Ryan has also signed a new two-year deal. Centre Brendan Macken and fly-half Ian Madigan have extended their current deals, while half backs John Cooney and Ian McKinley have both also signed their first professional deals with the province.
"Richardt has been a key performer in the Leinster frontrow this year and his contract extension is a further boost in addition to other recent contract extensions," added Schmidt. "With the extensions and new contracts for the younger players it is important that we continue to retain our best underage talent from the Leinster Academy."
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