Pro12: Connacht back Robbie Henshaw pens contract extension

Last Updated: 26/11/13 3:47pm

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Robbie Henshaw, pictured playing for Ireland, has extended his contract with Connacht

Robbie Henshaw, pictured playing for Ireland, has extended his contract with Connacht

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Connacht youngster Robbie Henshaw has agreed a new two-year contract that will keep him at the province until 2016.

The 20-year-old back, who won his third Ireland cap against Australia earlier this month, has joined team-mates Kieran Marmion, Willie Faloon, Craig Ronaldson and Matt Healy in committing his future to the club.

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 and the coaching team."

A former Gaelic footballer at minor level for Westmeath, Henshaw came through the rugby ranks at Buccaneers RFC before making his Connacht debut against Cardiff Blues in September 2012.

He won Connacht Senior Player of the Year and the IRFU's Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year awards at the end of his debut season, and has gone on to make 30 appearances for his province.

Connacht coach Pat Lam said: "It's fantastic that Robbie has committed his future to Connacht. 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."

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