Henshaw to leave Connacht

Date published: February 14 2016

Connacht have announced that Ireland international Robbie Henshaw will not be extending his contract with the province beyond this season.

The 22-year-old had for a long time been expected to leave the Sportsground and on Sunday the PRO12 high-flyers confirmed his exit.

"Obviously we are disappointed with the ultimate outcome of our negotiations with Robbie, however, we respect the decision he has made and wish him all the best with the Irish team into the future," said head coach Pat Lam.

Henshaw added: "I would like to thank everyone involved in Connacht Rugby who has played a part in getting me to where I am today, from my club, Buccaneers, to my school, Marist College and all of the coaching staff in Connacht Rugby itself.

"I was fortunate to be given my chance to play pro rugby at just 19 years of age and it’s been an incredible journey over the past four seasons, culminating in my breakthrough onto the national team.

"I also want to thank the Connacht fans who have always been so supportive of not just me but the team as a whole.

"Connacht Rugby are sitting in a strong position both in the PRO12 and Challenge Cup and I am determined to play my part to ensure we finish the season out on a high."