Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the contract extension of scrum half John Cooney.

The 25-year-old came to Connacht initially on a loan deal from Leinster for the 2014/15 season before officially signing on for the current campaign. He has played 19 games and scored four tries for Connacht, including one away to the PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors earlier this season.

His game time was limited in his second year at the Sportsground following an injury in November that required shoulder surgery. The young half back is, however, expected to make a return to match fitness in the coming weeks.

Cooney has represented Ireland at Under-20 and U18’s level and was part of the Emerging Ireland squad for the 2015 summer tour to Tbilisi.

Commenting on the latest deal, Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said:

“John is the latest player to join next year’s senior squad and we are delighted to have his signature. He is a young Irish scrum half and I know the coaching team are excited about the impact he can have now that he is returning from injury.”

Head Coach Pat Lam said:

“If we are going to be playing Champions Cup rugby next season it is vital we have quality depth and competition in key positions such as scrumhalf. I’m really pleased that John has committed to not only compete but also continue to grow his game with us at Connacht Rugby.

“John is an extremely hard working individual and we have a lot of belief in his ability so we’re delighted that he has signed on for another season.”

 John Cooney added:

“Although it’s been a frustrating few months with my injury, I’m really happy to have my future secured with Connacht for next season. I was really enjoying my rugby at the start of the season and I’m looking forward to pushing on now following my rehab. I am determined to push for a place in the team for what will be some really tough games and an exciting finish to the season.”


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