Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the contract extensions of hooker Tom McCartney who can also play at loosehead prop.
Tom McCartney (31) has agreed a new three-year deal that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2020.
McCartney, who will qualify to play for Ireland in October 2017, recently celebrated his 50th Connacht appearance with a man-of-the-match performance and two tries against Benetton Treviso in the GUINNESS PRO12.
Commenting on the province’s latest deal, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “This is a hugely positive move for Connacht Rugby and a big statement from Tom highlighting the belief and confidence he has in the future of the province.
“Tom came to Connacht from overseas and in a short time he has made a very positive impact on our environment here. He is an important member of the squad and very popular among our supporters. We are thrilled that he sees his future with Connacht.”
The westerners’ head coach Pat Lam added: “I’m delighted for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Tom has re-signed. It is a massive statement for the future of the squad and the province.
“I’ve known Tom for so much of his career and he is a valuable leader on and off the pitch. Along with all the other recent re-signings, he will be an important contributor to the future success of the province.”
McCartney commented: “I’m delighted to sign on for another three years with Connacht Rugby. I came here excited to be able to help the province achieve its vision of success and I believe we have the structures in place to see us continue to go from strength to strength.”
Meanwhile, ahead of next Friday’s GUINNESS PRO12 trip to Ulster (kick-off 7.35pm), the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.
Conor Carey sustained an injury to his foot during the thrilling 20-18 Champions Cup win over Wasps and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.
Fellow prop Dominic Robertson-McCoy sustained a shoulder injury in training last week and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.
Flanker Jake Heenan sustained knee and ankle injuries during the round 3 defeat to Wasps and is continuing his rehabilitation under the supervision of the medical and fitness team. It is hoped that he will be available for selection next week.
Versatile back Stacey Ili sustained ankle injuries during the loss away to Wasps in Coventry last week and will be unavailable for up to six weeks.