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Big blow for Connacht as the province announce the departure of Jake Heenan

The former New Zealand U20 captain has made over 50 appearances since joining Connacht in 2013.

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JAKE HEENAN IS to leave Connacht at the end of the season after five years with the province.

Connacht confirmed the 25-year-old flanker’s impending departure in a statement released this morning.

“Jake has made a huge contribution to Connacht, both on and off the field, since he signed for us in 2013,” said Willie Ruane, CEO of Connacht Rugby.

“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.”

Having made over 50 appearances for Connacht since his arrival, Heenan was a member of the squad that won the Guinness Pro12 in 2016.

The New Zealand-born back-row captained the Baby Blacks to a runner-up finish at the 2012 Junior World Championship.

Heenan became eligible to represent Ireland last year and has spoken previously of his desire to play international rugby, but his next stop is unknown for now.

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