Connacht Rugby have confirmed contract extensions: Shayne Bolton, Colm Reilly and Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

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Connacht Rugby have confirmed contract extensions for three players: Shayne Bolton, Colm Reilly and Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

Bolton have signed for the 2023/24 season. Born in South Africa but ranked in Ireland through his grandmother, he has made 5 appearances for the club since he joined in the summer of 2021. He can play center or wing.

Scrum half Reilly has renewed his contract for two years. Ballinasloe made his debut coming off the bench in Edinburgh in October 2020, the first of 17 caps so far for Connacht. He was also a member of the 2019 Grand Slam-winning Ireland under-20 team.

Robertson-McCoy joined the province in June 2016 as an Ireland-qualified tight head, coming from Northland in New Zealand. Since then, he has made 77 appearances, becoming one of the team’s longest-serving mainstays. He has signed a one-year contract.

Head coach Pete Wilkins says:

“Shayne has a lot of natural talent and despite an unfortunate run of injuries this season, we have continued to see him develop on and off the court. He’s lightning fast, explosive on contact, and the recent Dragons game was a great example of his ability to change the flow of a game and bring excitement to our attack. We look forward to him continuing to develop him with us next season.”

“Colm continues to improve with each season of professional rugby, so it’s great to have him at the club for another two years. Connacht have a rich history of producing the highest quality scrum midfielders and Colm fits the mold of the high-paced, instinctive players who have performed so well for us in that position. He will continue to contribute to the positive style of rugby that we strive to play, and will compete hard for the number 9 shirt in seasons to come.”

“Dominic will start his eighth season at the club, which says a lot about the contribution he has made. He brings significant depth at the tight head position along with Finlay, Jack and Sam, and has all the qualities you look for in a player at that position. I am delighted that he will continue his career in Connacht”.

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