Updated: Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 17:05 | Comments
- Joanne Cantwell presents the rugby magazine series, reviewing the recent match between Ireland and New Zealand.
Connacht and the IRFU have extended the contract of 20-year-old back Robbie Henshaw as the Westerners continue to secure the future of their squad.
Henshaw joins teammates Kieran Marmion, Willie Faloon, Craig Ronaldson and Matt Healy who all recently penned two-year deals that will see them play at the Sportsground until at least 2016.
The former Westmeath minor footballer earned his third Ireland cap this month, coming on from the bench against the Wallabies in Ireland’s second test game of the Autumn Internationals.
Commenting on the new deal, Henshaw said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract with Connacht. Playing for Ireland recently was a huge honour and I was so proud to be representing my home province as well as my country.
“It’s been an unbelievable 15 months and I’m so happy that I was given my first chance here at Connacht and can now continue to improve under Pat [Lam] and the coaching team.”
Connacht head coach Lam added: “It’s fantastic that Robbie has committed his future to Connacht Rugby.
“He is an extremely talented young man and is constantly improving as a player. I’m pleased that he sees Connacht as the place for him to continue that progress, playing week in week out in big games.
“Robbie has proven himself to be one of the best young players in the country and I have no doubt that he will continue his remarkable career both with Connacht and Ireland.”