Fardy re-signs with Leinster, officially out of World Cup contention

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by Beth Newman

There will be no World Cup return for Scott Fardy after the former Wallabies backrower re-signed with Leinster.

Fardy has been in Ireland since 2017 and while there was speculation he would make a move to English side Wasps, he has extended his time with the Irish giants through to the end of  the 2019-2020 season.

The 39-Test Wallaby all but ruled out a World Cup return when speaking to RUGBY.com.au in late 2018 and this deal confirms that intention.

Fardy said he had briefly considered a return to Japan, where he played almost a decade ago but ultimately it was a simple call.

“It was an easy decision for me," he said.

"I had an offer to go back to Japan to where I was originally years ago, it was something I considered for a moment but my family have just settled here and I didn’t want to pick them up and move.

"It wasn't the most brutal Test I've played in." Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleyFardy dropped the news in a press conference on Monday in Ireland, responding to a question about his future.

“I made that decision a while ago, just things had to get sorted out. I’m really happy to be here for another year and continue to go after trophies," he said.

“We’re enjoying it, my wife’s settled in well and the young fella’s growing up pretty quickly. We’re enjoying our time here in Dublin.

“With the squad you’ve got and the leaders here and the staff as well, no one’s really selling you anything. With the senior players and junior players here, it’s easy to get caught up and enjoy your rugby.”

Fardy was part of the Leinster team that won the Champions Cup and Pro14 titles last season.