Rugby

Ex-Stormers wing extends Irish stay

2015-03-06 08:45
Danie Poolman in his Stormers playing days (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Stormers wing Danie Poolman has extended his stay with Irish club, Connacht.

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU on Thursday announced that the 25-year-old signed a new deal that will keep him at the Sportsground until at least the (European) summer of 2017.

Poolman joined Connacht in 2012 from the Cape franchise and since then the former Paul Roos schoolboy has established himself as a key component in Connacht’s backline.

Poolman’s attacking prowess has come to the fore again this season with seven tries making him the province’s top try-scorer so far this season.

A versatile player, Poolman can switch from the wing to the centre with ease and has played 19 games this season, starting in all but one. He marked his 50th game for Connacht last week by crossing for a 79th minute try in the province’s 7-try victory over Treviso.

“Galway and Connacht Rugby have become home for me these last three years and so I’m thrilled to have signed on for another two. I’m thoroughly enjoying my rugby and also the competitive environment that’s driving us towards achieving great success for the province,” Poolman told Connacht’s official website.

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