Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the recruitment of Auckland utility back Stacey Ili.

25-year-old Ili has been part of the Auckland Rugby set up since 2012, playing both 7’s and 15’s with the provincial side.

He joins Connacht Rugby as a utility back who can cover midfield and the back three and will arrive in Galway later this week.

Commenting on the news Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam said:

“As we look to challenge in both the Guinness PRO12 and European Champions Cup, the addition to our squad of a player like Stacey increases our options all across the back line. Stacey is someone we’ve been looking at for a while now. He is an exciting and skillful player who will complement the game we want to play.”

Stacey added:

“I am really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to play with Connacht and under coach Pat Lam. I appreciate all the efforts that Connacht Rugby has made to ensure this smooth relocation for me. I am eager to get started and be a part of this awesome team.”

 

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