Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce that 25-year-old back Danie Poolman has signed a new deal that will keep him at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2017.

Poolman joined Connacht in 2012 from South African franchise the Stormers and since then the former Paul Roos schoolboy from Pretoria has established himself as a key component in Connacht’s back line. Poolman’s attacking prowess has come to the fore again this season with seven tries making him the province’s top try scorer so far this season.

A versatile player, Poolman can switch from the wing to the centre with ease and has played 19 games this season, starting in all but one. He marked his 50th game for Connacht last week by crossing for a 79th minute try in the province’s 7-try victory over Treviso.

Commenting on the news, CEO Willie Ruane said:

“Danie is a quality player who is highly respected and very popular in the team and amongst our supporters. He is a professional on and off the park and we are thrilled to add him to the list of exciting, young players who have committed their futures to Connacht. “

Head Coach Pat Lam added:

“Danie is a true leader in our young back line. This season, he has demonstrated his versatility by performing well in the centre as well as on the wing. He is a good team man with a very positive attitude and we are delighted that he will continue to play for Connacht.“

Danie Poolman said:

“Galway and Connacht Rugby have become home for me these last three years and so I’m thrilled to have signed on for another two. I’m thoroughly enjoying my rugby and also the competitive environment that’s driving us towards achieving great success for the province.”

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