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Connacht props JP Cooney and Rodney Ah You sign contract extensions

Updated: Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 14:26 | Comments

Tipp man JP Cooney made his Heineken Cup debut in December Rodney Ah You won two Junior World Cups with New Zealand
Tipp man JP Cooney made his Heineken Cup debut in December Rodney Ah You won two Junior World Cups with New Zealand

Connacht’s long-term front row options have been strengthened after props Rodney Ah You and JP Cooney signed one and two-year contract extensions respectively.

Both props can play on either side of the scrum giving the Westerners’ coaching team plenty of options.

The 24-year-old Ah You has been capped by the All Blacks at U-19 and U-20 level and was also a member of New Zealand's winning Junior World Cup sides in both 2007 and 2008.

Over the last three years Ah You has notched up 41 Connacht caps, whilst also contributing regularly to the Connacht Eagles.

Garryowen's Bateman Cup winning prop Cooney has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until 2015. Cooney joined the club last summer and has made a notable impression for the Connacht Eagles in the British & Irish Cup this season.

The 22-year-old from Tipperary earned his first cap for the province in December 2012 and made his Heineken Cup debut during Connacht's 22-14 Heineken Cup victory over French side Biarritz.

Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland said: "Rodney is a young prop with a lot of potential, who can play on both sides of the scrum.

"He offers size and power, which can be very effective at scrum time and provides big impacts around the park. He has shown good progress in his time in Ireland and we are hopeful that he will push on again in the coming year."

"JP can also play on either side of the scrum and he has demonstrated to us in a short period of time that he has the potential, desire and an ability to learn.

"I am very much looking forward to working with him over the next two years."

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