Updated: Thursday, 16 January 2014 19:43 | By Agence France-Presse

Toulon target O'Brien commits to Leinster

Republic of Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien has resisted the lure of French giants Toulon and signed a new contract with Leinster, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) announced on Thursday.

Toulon target O'Brien commits to Leinster

Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien reacts after a Rugby World Cup 2011 match at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on October 2, 2011

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Top 14 side Toulon, but he has given the IRFU a boost by committing to a new central contract.

"The IRFU is pleased to confirm that @SeanOBrien1987 has signed a new IRFU contract to remain with @leinsterrugby," read a statement on the IRFU Twitter page.

O'Brien attended Toulon's European Cup game with Cardiff in Nice on Saturday as a guest of the French club, but he has decided to stay with his home province.

The IRFU will now hope to persuade O'Brien's Leinster team-mate Jamie Heaslip to follow suit. His contract expires at the end of the season and he is also reportedly considering an offer from Toulon.

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