Nathan White to join Connacht at the end of season

Connacht Rugby have secured the services of tighthead prop Nathan White for next season.

The 6'2, 118kg prop will join Connacht from Leinster at the end of this season on a three-year contract.

The former Waikato captain played 77 times for the 2011 ITM Cup finalists before moving to Leinster on a one-year deal last season.

To date he has 14 caps for Leinster including five in the Heineken Cup and will be brought into the Connacht team to strengthen the depth of the squad in the crucial tighthead position

Assistant Coach Dan McFarland is excited about the impact White will have at Connacht particularly in the scrum.

"Nathan is an exceptional scrummager and to have a player with his explosive power around the pitch opens up a huge number of opportunities for us.

“Nathan's a proven leader both on and off the pitch and I am looking forward to working with him here at Connacht."

His sentiments were echoed by team manager and fellow Kiwi Tim Allnutt who appreciates the depth White will add to the squad.

"To have someone of Nathan's calibre and work ethic joining the squad is a huge boost to the club. Ronan Loughney has been doing a superb job at tight-head this season and Nathan's signature will add an extra layer of depth to this vital position.

“With a three-year deal Nathan has shown he believes in what we are doing here and we will use his knowledge and experience to help bring through the next crop of props through our academy structures.”

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

5 things we learned from the Premier League action this weekend

Rafael Nadal becomes first man in Open era to win same ATP Tour event 10 times

Arsene Wenger: Our 'target is not to finish above Spurs, but to fight for the title'

Deportivo miss chance to secure safety


Today's Stories

Draw a cold comfort for Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola

Five things we learned at the Punchestown Festival

Cork club round-up: Statement of intent from Carbery Rangers in 14-point win

Five things we learned at the Punchestown Festival

Lifestyle

Design/life: Leonie Cornelius, garden designer and interior architect

The loss of the world’s bee population would have catastrophic consequences

Live music review: The Swingles, Cork City Hall

Product watch: Must have beauty buys for May

More From The Irish Examiner