Denis Buckley has signed a new two-year deal at Connacht, that will see him stretch his contract to 2021 and into his tenth year with the province. The Creggs native debuted for the westerners under Eric Elwood as an academy player back in 2011. Buckley recently made his 150th appearance for the province in the Challenge Cup game against Sale Sharks. He has played the vast majority of his time at loosehead but occasionally featured as tighthead also.
Announcing the contract extension, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We are delighted that Denis has extended his contract for a further two seasons. He is a highly experienced prop who will be an important part of our plans in the years ahead. He is another one of our homegrown players who grew up in the province and it is great to see him extend his time at the Sportsground.”
While for his part, commenting on the contract extension Buckley said “I am proud of my involvement with Connacht and I am delighted to have signed a contract extension for a further two seasons. We have a squad of players who are hugely ambitious about what we can achieve at Connacht and I look forward to playing my part in those plans. I am fortunate to have played as a professional rugby player with my home province and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me on and off the field over the past few years”