Connacht have officially confirmed that Robbie Henshaw will leave the province at the end of the season.
The announcement paves the way for the 22-year-old to make his expected move to Leinster this summer. Munster were also interested in the centre but he is expected to move to Leinster and take up a central contract with the IRFU.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in Connacht Rugby who has played a part in getting me to where I am today, from my club, Buccaneers, to my school, Marist College and all of the coaching staff in Connacht Rugby itself,” said Henshaw in Connacht’s press release.
“I was fortunate to be given my chance to play pro rugby at just 19 years of age and it’s been an incredible journey over the past four seasons, culminating in my breakthrough onto the national team.
“I also want to thank the Connacht fans who have always been so supportive of not just me but the team as a whole. Connacht Rugby are sitting in a strong position both in the PRO12 and Challenge Cup and I am determined to play my part to ensure we finish the season out on a high.”
Meanwhile, Pat Lam expressed Connacht’s disappointment at Henshaw’s decision.
“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.”