Ballinasloe man Colm Reilly signs two year deal with Connacht

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Ballinasloe man Colm Reilly will be extending his stay with Connacht Rugby by another two years.

Scrum-half Reilly was one of three contract extensions announced by Connacht today, along with South African Shayne Bolton, and New Zealander Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

Colm Reilly made his debut for Connacht in 2020, when he came off the bench against Edinburgh. Since then he has made 17 appearances for the province.

The Ballinasloe man has also made his mark on the international stage as part of the Grand Slam winning Ireland U20 squad of 2019.

Head Coach Pete Wilkins said, “Colm continues to improve with every season of professional rugby, so it’s great to keep him at the club for another two years.”

“Connacht has a rich history of producing top-quality scrum-halves and Colm fits the mould of the high tempo and instinctive players that have performed so well for us in that position.”

“He will continue to contribute to the positive style of rugby we endeavour to play, and will compete hard for the number 9 jersey over the coming seasons.”

Originally hailing from South Africa, Shayne Bolton joined Connacht in 2021, and has made five appearances playing in the centre and wing.

Coach Wilkins describes him as “lightning quick, explosive in contact” with the ability to change the flow of a game, despite bad luck with injuries this season.

Robertson-McCoy joined the province in June 2016 as an Irish-qualified tighthead, arriving from Northland in New Zealand.

Since then he has made 77 appearances, becoming one of the longest serving props in the squad.

“He provides important depth in the tighthead position along with Finlay, Jack and Sam, and has all the qualities you look for in a player in that position,” Wilkins said.

Bolton and Robertson-McCoy have both signed one year deals with Connacht.