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Monday 21 August 2017

Connacht prop Ronan Loughney set to leave as province confirms full list of departures

Ronan Loughney of Connacht poses for a portrait following a press conference at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ronan Loughney of Connacht poses for a portrait following a press conference at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Connacht prop Ronan Loughney has announced that he will end his 12-year stay with the club at the end of this season with the province set to release 11 players at the end of the campaign.

Loughney made his Connacht debut in 2006 having come through the province's academy system before going on to play 191 games for the club across the Pro 12, Challenge and Champions Cup competitions.

The Galway native was also an Ireland U19 and U21 representative and made his senior debut against the All Blacks on Ireland's 2012 tour of New Zealand, the only international cap of his career to date.

Loughney did not reveal where he plans on moving to next season, but he did extend his thanks to Connacht whom he has played his entire career with thus far.

"I have had an amazing time with Connacht and am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my home province on so many occasions," Loughney told the club's website.

"The last 12 years have been a dream come true and I am incredibly proud of what the club has achieved.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the great teammates, coaches, management and staff that I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years.

"I’ve had the honour of playing alongside a remarkable group of players who have also become close friends.

“I would also like to thank our wonderful supporters who have stood by us through thick and thin and have made the Sportsground the fortress it is today. Thanks for your incredible support down through the years.

“I am excited for the future and the next challenge. And will forever cherish my time with this great club.”

Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said that Loughney epitomises the core values of rugby and that he will be sorely missed around the Sportsground.

“It would be hard not to give a special mention to Locks (Ronan Loughney) who has given so much to Connacht Rugby over the years. He epitomises the core values of not only Connacht but also rugby. He is a credit to his family and to the West of Ireland and he will be sorely missed around the Sportsground. I know that he is hugely proud of the province and he should be so proud of his own contribution to all that is good about Connacht Rugby."

The province also confirmed that Danie Poolman, John Cooney, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Danny Qualter, Rory Parata, Shane O’Leary, Lewis Stevenson, Rory Moloney, Josh Rowland and Ivan Soroka will be departing the club in the summer.

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