Connacht have strengthened their long term front row options with the news that prop Denis Buckley has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2015.

Roscommon-born Buckley put pen to paper and singed a two-year extended contract with his native province.

The 22-year-old loosehead prop made his debut for Connacht in September 2011 against Benetton Treviso and has since graduated from the Connacht Academy.

"It's such a privilege to play for your province" - Denis Buckley

He made a big impact in a number of Connacht's major games last season, standing out against European powerhouses Toulouse and playing his part in the famous Heineken Cup victory over Harlequins at the Sportsground.

With 20 Connacht caps to date, Buckley has made an appearance in all but one game this season including both Heineken Cup fixtures, in which he was picked to start against Zebre and Harlequins.

His work rate ensures that there is plenty of competition in the squad for prop position and Buckley is more than comfortable to contend with the likes of international props Ronan Loughney and Brett Wilkinson.

Buckley said: "I'm delighted to have signed for another two years; it's such a privilege to play for your province. Connacht are achieving more and more each year and I'm really looking forward to being part that and making my mark."