Read Connacht's statement confirming that Robbie Henshaw will leave at the end of the season
That settles that.
Connacht centre and Ireland international Robbie Henshaw will leave Connacht at the end of the season, the club has confirmed in a statement posted online.
Henshaw, who is 22, had yet to sign a new contract with the club amid rumours that he would prefer a switch to Leinster. The club's official statement confirms that Henshaw will not renew his contract with Connacht.
His coach Pat Lam expressed disappointment in Henshaw's decision, saying “Obviously we are disappointed with the ultimate outcome of our negotiations with Robbie, however, we respect the decision he has made and wish him all the best with the Irish team into the future.”
Here is the full statement from Connacht Rugby:
Connacht Rugby can confirm that Robbie Henshaw will not be extending his contract with the province beyond this season.
Commenting on the news Pat Lam said “Obviously we are disappointed with the ultimate outcome of our negotiations with Robbie, however, we respect the decision he has made and wish him all the best with the Irish team into the future.”
Commenting on his decision Robbie said;
“I would like to thank everyone involved in Connacht Rugby who has played a part in getting me to where I am today, from my club, Buccaneers, to my school, Marist College and all of the coaching staff in Connacht Rugby itself.
“I was fortunate to be given my chance to play pro rugby at just 19 years of age and it’s been an incredible journey over the past four seasons, culminating in my breakthrough onto the national team.
“I also want to thank the Connacht fans who have always been so supportive of not just me but the team as a whole.
“Connacht Rugby are sitting in a strong position both in the PRO12 and Challenge Cup and I am determined to play my part to ensure we finish the season out on a high.”