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Robbie Henshaw to join Leinster on three-year deal, Ian Nagle also signs

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 18:34 | Comments

Robbie Henshaw will wear the Leinster blue from the start of next season
Robbie Henshaw will wear the Leinster blue from the start of next season

Robbie Henshaw will join Leinster on a three-year deal at the end of this season.

The Ireland centre will play out the season at Connacht before joining Leinster in a deal which will see Henshaw sign until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Speaking of his move from Connacht to Leinster, Henshaw said: "I would like to thank Connacht Rugby, the IRFU and Leinster for allowing me time to consider my future.

"This has been a long and difficult process and while I am sorry to be leaving Connacht I look forward to the next chapter of my rugby career at Leinster. 

"The support I have enjoyed from the fans in the Sportsground and throughout the province is something that I really value and I want to thank them for four great years."

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is delighted with his latest acquisition and is looking forward to bringing the up-and-coming centre to Dublin.

Cullen said: "We are delighted to have secured Robbie's signature for the next three seasons. Robbie is a huge talent and we have all seen that over the last few weeks and months with Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations and during the World Cup. 

"We look forward to welcoming him into Leinster when this season is over and I am sure that our supporters would echo that view."

Leinster have also added former Munster lock Ian Nagle to their ranks, who will also join for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Nagle took time off for education purposes in 2014 and is currently playing with London Irish.

Cullen added: "It is well documented at this stage that Ian took a sabbatical from rugby at the end of the 2013/14 season to pursue educational opportunities most recently at Cambridge University. He has however made a return to rugby with London Irish and was involved last weekend in their win against Worcester.

"He is also relatively young at 27 and I think he will add even more experience and competition to an already competitive second row roster."

Cullen also confirmed that 17 players have signed new IRFU contracts with the province.

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