Connacht Rugby have further finalised their plans for next season as the club have announced a number of contract extensions and departures including some retirements.
The western province confirmed today that hooker Shane Delahunt and centre Peter Robb have both signed contract extensions which will keep them in Galway for the foreseeable future – the club did not disclose how long the extensions were for.
Delahunt came through the province’s Academy and has amassed 62 appearances to date. Robb, who has come through some injury troubles in the past, has featured in Connacht’s last four PRO14 games while he also made 12 appearances during the 2015/16 PRO12 winning season.
Announcing the latest contract extensions, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said:
“Shane Delahunt and Peter Robb are two players who are very much part of our plans as we finalise our squad for next season. Our ambition is to be regularly competing at the highest level and bring further success to Connacht Rugby. To do this we need real depth in our squad and players putting each other under pressure for places.”
The club have announced the departures of Eoin Griffin, Craig Ronaldson, James Mitchell, James Connolly, Conan O’Donnell, Peter McCabe, Peter Claffey, James Cannon and Conor McKeon.
Both Griffin and McKeon are retiring due to injury. Griffin made over 100 appearances for Connacht.
“Eoin Griffin has been a fantastic servant of Connacht Rugby with over 100 appearances for his home province and we wish him the very best as he announces his retirement,” Friend said.
“The nature of professional rugby is that a player’s longevity at a club is finite. To all of those men who are leaving Connacht this season, a sincere thank you for all that you’ve given to the jersey. We wish you every success for the future.”