Caolin Blade and Matt Healy pen new two-year deals with Connacht

Connacht announce new two-year-deals for Caolin Blade and Matt Healy.

Connacht Rugby have announced new 2 year contracts for scrum-half Caolin Blade and winger Matt Healy. The duo of centurions become the latest players to pen new deals with Andy Friend’s side. The new contracts will keep them in the green of Connacht until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Commenting on the contract extensions head coach Andy Friend said: “Caolin Blade and Matt Healy are two important players for us and are central to our ambitions over the coming seasons”. He added; “we are delighted that both players have committed to the province for the next two seasons”.

Connacht record try-scorer Matt Healy signs on for another two seasons at the Sportsground. Photo credit: Shane Tighe

Dubliner Healy joined the westerners from AIL club Lansdowne in 2012. He played (and scored a try) in their 2016 PRO12 final victory over Leinster in Murrayfield. He has since gone on to become the province’s record try scorer with 55 tries from 136 appearances to date. Healy gained his only Irish cap to date on the 2016 Summer tour to South Africa. 

Caolin Blade came to the attention of Connacht while playing his underage rugby with Monevia RFC.  He joined the Connacht Academy and developed under the tutelage of Nigel Carolan. The 25-year-old has already amassed over 100 appearances for Connacht. He came off the bench to make his Connacht debut in a 20-30 away win over La Rochelle in the 2015 Challenge Cup. He has featured in all 17 of Connacht’s games so far this season.

The new contracts for the pair comes as a further boost to the province. They enjoyed a crucial 29-0 victory over Conference B rivals Cardiff on Saturday. This win came after a run of five consecutive defeats over the Christmas and new year block of games. Next up is a trip to top of the table Edinburgh on Friday night.