Leinster rugby confirmed yesterday that the Connacht and Ireland center would join the province at the end of the season. Connacht had confirmed over the weekend that Henshaw would not be renewing his contract which sparked speculation that the 22 year old would move to Leinster. When commenting on the move 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.”
He will play out the rest of the season with Connacht before moving to Leinster in the summer on a deal which will see him at the club until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Leinster head coach Leo Cullen was pleased to announce the signing of the youngster saying “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. ” In contrast Connacht’s Pat Lam stated at the weekend that “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.”
Robbie Henshaw is one of Ireland’s most exciting prospects and his signing pleased Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll who took to Twitter to welcome Henshaw tweeting “Brilliant news for @leinsterrugby with the signing of@henshawrob.”