Connacht sign Auckland utility back

Date published: September 14 2016

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Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union have announce the recruitment of Auckland utility back Stacey Ili.

25-year-old Ili has been part of the Auckland Rugby Union set-up since 2012, playing both Sevens and 15-a-side rugby with the provincial side.

He joins Connacht as a utility back who can cover midfield and the back three and will arrive in Galway later this week.

Commenting on the news Connacht head coach Pat Lam said: "As we look to challenge in both the PRO12 and European Champions Cup, the addition to our squad of a player like Stacey increases our options all across the back line. 

"Stacey is someone we’ve been looking at for a while now. He is an exciting and skillful player who will complement the game we want to play."

Ili added: "I am really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to play with Connacht and under coach Pat Lam. 

"I appreciate all the efforts that Connacht Rugby has made to ensure this smooth relocation for me. I am eager to get started and be a part of this awesome team."

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