Leicester skipper Geordan Murphy is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club after retaining his place in the Ireland RBS 6 Nations team.
The 31-year-old returned to the international fold for the 20-16 win over England at Twickenham following full-back Rob Kearney’s knee injury.
And Murphy, who is expected to agree a three-year deal at Welford Road, has kept hold of the No.15 jersey for visit of Wales with Kearney forced to settle for a place on the replacements bench.
Murphy said: “It’s a good offer and the club were happy to put it on the table.
“The way I play the game helps - I’ve never been a big-bosh monster. I don’t run into people and don’t try to make any massive hits.
“I just try to get by with what I’ve been given, I’m playing well and enjoying my rugby.
“I missed my first World Cup in 2003 through injury and in the last one I didn’t see a lot of game time.
“I certainly want to be involved in the next one. I’ll do whatever I can to get to that World Cup.”