Sean O'Brien has rejected the lure of Top 14 rugby and penned a new deal with Leinster - handing Irish rugby a big boost.
The 26-year-old was reported to be weighing up a big-money offer from Toulon after being invited to their Heineken Cup clash against Cardiff last weekend.
However O'Brien opted against following in the footsteps of compatriot and former Leinster team-mate Jonny Sexton by succumbing to lure of France.
O'Brien, who is set to miss Ireland's Six Nations due to injury, has become a key part of his club and national side since breaking on the scene.
The British and Irish Lion, who was part of Warran Gatland's triumphant squad in Australia this summer, will hope to emulate the success of Brian O'Driscoll.
The Ireland legend famously rejected Biarritz despite being introduced to the French club's supporters - he went on to win three Heineken Cups.
Following O'Brien's new deal, the onus will be on Leinster No8 Jamie Heaslip to follow suit.