Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have today announced the recruitment of Auckland utility back Stacey Ili.
The 25-year-old Stacey Ili has been part of the Auckland Rugby set-up since 2012, playing both Sevens and 15-a-side rugby with the provincial team.
He joins Connacht as a utility back who can cover midfield and the back-three and will arrive in Galway later this week.
Commenting on the news, Connacht head coach Pat Lam said: “As we look to challenge in both the GUINNESS PRO12 and European Champions Cup, the addition to our squad of a player like Stacey increases our options all across the back-line.
“Stacey is someone we’ve been looking at for a while now. He is an exciting and skillful player who will complement the game we want to play.”
Stacey added: “I am really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to play with Connacht and under coach Pat Lam. I appreciate all the efforts that Connacht Rugby has made to ensure this smooth relocation for me. I am eager to get started and be a part of this awesome team.”