After breaking onto the rugby scene early, it feels like Keith Earls has been around for years. And due to his prodigal talent and explosive pace, Keith Earls first wore the famous Munster jersey at the age of 19. So, although he is young, Earls is extremely experienced. His talents were soon to win him an Irish cap against Canada in 2008, in which he scored a try with his first touch of the ball.
Earls was selected for the 2009 Lions Tour of South Africa. Earls was named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations and signed a two-year contract extension that keeps him at the province until at least June 2016.
Unfortunately, he injured his knee against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup in January, ruling him out of the 6 Nations. Then he was withdrawn from the Ireland summer tour to Argentina due to illness (gastroenteritis).
Having tweaked his knee at an Ireland training camp in August 2014, he was rehabbing the injury for five months before making his return for Munster against Zebre in Parma in January 2015.
After an impressive 2015 season following his comeback from injury, Earls was selected in the Irish squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. After much speculation that Earls would leave Munster for Saracens in 2016, the winger opted to sign a new 3 year deal with the IRFU and Munster.
After a 2 year absence from the national team, he scored a try against Wales in a world cup warm-up game then played in all five Ireland games at RWC2015, grabbing 2 tries against Romania at Wembley and another against Italy at the Olympic Stadium.
In June 2016, he started on the wing for Ireland in their first ever win over the Springboks on South African soil. Earls played a pivotal role in the win over Australia, scoring the game-clinching score that capped off a successful Autumn series. The versatile back has won 56 caps for his country, scoring 22 tries along the way. Has scored tries in his last 4 tests, only one Irishman has scored in 5 successive games, Joseph Quinn, 1913-14.
In May 2017, Earls was named in the Ireland squad for the tour to USA & Japan and was a stand-out performer during the tour scoring four tries.
The veteran winger featured in all of Ireland's Six Nations matches in 2018 and heads on tour to Australia with 68 test caps to his name.
Earls enters the 2018/19 Pro14 season having represented Munster 152 times scoring 230 points.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Earls has had 60 European Cup appearances scoring 16 tries and 80 points.
In October 2018, he signed a new three-year deal with Munster up to at least the end of June 2021.
Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Earls has 72 test caps.
(LS October 25, 2018)
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