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Henshaw signs contract extension

26th November 2013 15:12

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New deal: Robbie Henshaw

Connacht have confirmed that centre Robbie Henshaw has extended his contract with the Irish RaboDirect PRO12 province until at least 2016.

The 20-year-old has joined team-mates Kieran Marmion, Willie Faloon, Craig Ronaldson and Matt Healy who all recently penned new deals.

Henshaw earned his third international cap this month, coming on from the bench against the Wallabies in Ireland's second November Test. At 19 years of age, the Athlone-born teenager made his Ireland debut against the United States in June 2013 and, as part of the June Tour of North America, he also played against Canada.

Pat Lam was thrilled with the youngster's call to sign on for a further two years at the Sportsground.

"It's fantastic that Robbie has committed his future to Connacht Rugby," said the head coach.

"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."

Henshaw, too, was excited to continue his development at the province.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract with Connacht," said Henshaw.

"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 and the coaching team."

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