Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced that Roscommon native Denis Buckley and Jack Carty and South African born lock Quinn Roux have signed two-year contract extensions.
Buckley and Carty are both products of the Connacht Rugby Academy and have racked up 103 and 67 appearances respectively for their home province. Both have represented Ireland at underage level with Buckley making the 2015 Emerging Ireland tour to Georgia.
Roux, who initially came to Connacht on a loan deal from Leinster, is currently in his third season at the Sportsground. He has played in 42 games and last June made his international debut for Ireland during the Summer Tour to South Africa.
Commenting on the latest deals, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said:
“These re-signings are another big boost for Connacht Rugby and our supporters on the back of Tom McCartney, Bundee Aki, Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham Niyi Adeolokun, Sean O’Brien, James Connolly, Peter Robb and Caolin Blade all recently signing contract extensions.
“Obviously developing and retaining Connacht-born players like Denis (Buckley) and Jack (Carty) is a huge part of our vision of ‘Grassroots to Green Shirts’ and we value the commitment to their home province massively.
“Quinn (Roux) came to us a few seasons ago on the back of a difficult two years with injuries. He has really taken his opportunity with both hands and we’re delighted he sees his future here with Connacht.”
Head Coach Pat Lam added:
“It’s fantastic to see these senior players sign on for the future with Connacht Rugby. Having witnessed the three of them grow and develop as players and men over the past four seasons, I’m personally very pleased that they will be part of a strong squad that will drive continued success on and off the field for Connacht Rugby.”
In other news Luke Carty has been named in the Ireland Under 20 Training Squad for two upcoming challenge games following fine performances for the Connacht Rugby Eagles and Buccaneers.