Connacht Rugby have strengthened their long term front row options with the news that props Rodney Ah You and JP Cooney have signed one and two-year contract extensions respectively with the province.
Both props can play on either side of the scrum giving the Connacht Rugby coaching team plenty of choices up front going forward.
Ah You has made 41 senior appearance for Connacht and the 24 year old New Zealand-born player has committed his future to Connacht until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Tipperary native Cooney has signed a two year extension with the 22 year old tied to the province until 2015.
“Rodney is a young prop with a lot of potential, who can play on both sides of the scrum,” Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland said.
“He offers size and power, which can be very effective at scrum time and provides big impacts around the park.
“He has shown good progress in his time in Ireland and we are hopeful that he will push on again in the coming year.
“JP can also play on either side of the scrum and he has demonstrated to us in a short period of time that he has the potential, desire and an ability to learn. I am very much looking forward to working with him over the next two years.”
Connacht Rugby CEO, Tom Sears, is also looking forward to seeing progression from both player at the Sportsgrounds.
“I’m very pleased that Rodney and JP have committed their immediate futures with Connacht Rugby,” he said.
“Both young props have displayed destructive scrummaging and ball-carrying skill this season and I’m looking forward to watching them develop even further with the province.
“Our squad retention programme for next season has gone very well.
“In the last few months, five of our props have signed contract extensions and this is an area in which we are now very strong going into next season. There are still a number of areas we are working on and, over the coming months, we hope to announce additional player recruitments as we seek to build the strongest squad possible.”