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Pat Lam's Connacht sign Irish-qualified tighthead Robertson-McCoy

Pat Lam has called on his Auckland connections for his latest signing.

CONNACHT HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of New Zealand native Dominic Robertson-McCoy ahead of next season.

The 22-year-old tighthead prop is Irish-qualified.

116kg Robertson-McCoy played in the ITM Cup for Northland in 2015 and has previously represented the Blues Development side. Before his move to Northland, when he linked with Hikurangi RFC,  the prop played with the Auckland Marist club.

Connacht team huddle Connacht will be defending their Pro12 title next season. Billy Stickland / INPHO Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

The IRFU have signed off on Connacht’s recruitment of the Kiwi native, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his Armagh-born grandfather.

Roberson-McCoy, who also covers loosehead, will arrive in Ireland for the start of Connacht’s pre-season in July.

“I first saw Dominic as he came through the Auckland Schools system and played for the Blues U18 in New Zealand,” said former Blues coach Lam of his new signing.

He is a young prop who can play on both sides of the scrum and I believe he has huge potential.

“I know he will continue to thrive and develop in a full-time professional environment which will be very beneficial for Connacht and Irish rugby. We’re looking forward to getting him over for the pre-season as we build towards the start of a new season in both the Pro12 and Champions Cup.”

Robertson-McCoy joins Marnitz Boshoff, Eoin Griffin, Conor Carey and Cian Kelleher as Lam’s new signings ahead of next season.

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