Blow For Connacht As Promising Star Set To Leave At The End Of The Season

Destination unknown.

Connacht flanker Jake Heenan has announced his decision to leave the province at the end of the 2017/18 season. Heenan joined Connacht in 2013 and has made over 50 appearances since he arrived in the Sportsground.

Having made over 50 appearances for Connacht since his arrival, Heenan was a member of the squad that famously won the Guinness Pro12 in 2016 under Pat Lam. The New Zealand-born back-row captained the Baby Blacks to a runner-up finish at the 2012 Junior World Championship, and recently became eligible to play for Ireland.

While his destination is currently unknown, he has previously stated he wishes to play international rugby, so a move to a rival province may be on the cards.

Commenting on Heenan’s contribution to the province, CEO of Connacht Rugby, Willie Ruane said:

“Jake has made a huge contribution to Connacht both on and off the field since he signed for us in 2013. Aside from his excellent performances on the pitch he has also been an outstanding role model off it. His contribution to various charities and the time he invested to coaching young players in the province is an example of everything that is good in Connacht Rugby. We wish him well in his future career.”

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