Thursday 18 July 2019

Connacht announce new two-deal for highly-rated prop Denis Buckley

Denis Buckley made his debut for Connacht in 2011. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Denis Buckley made his debut for Connacht in 2011. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Connacht have announced that prop Denis Buckley has signed a new two-year contract extension to remain at the province until the summer of 2021.

The 28-year-old has made over 150 appearances for the senior team since making his debut as an academy player in 2011, and has previously represented Ireland U20 and Emerging Ireland.

In 2018 he also played for the Barbarians against England. The Roscommon native attended Blackrock College, where he won the Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2009.

Announcing the contract extension, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: "We are delighted that Denis has extended his contract for a further two seasons. He is a highly experienced prop who will be an important part of our plans in the years ahead. He is another one of our home grown players who grew up in the province and it is great to see him extend his time at the Sportsground."

Commenting on his contract extension, Denis Buckley added: "I am proud of my involvement with Connacht and I am delighted to have signed a contract extension for a further two seasons. We have a squad of players who are hugely ambitious about what we can achieve at Connacht and I look forward to playing my part in those plans. I am fortunate to have played as a professional rugby player with my home province and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me on and off the field over the past few years."

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