Galway man Eoin De Buitléar has signed his first contract for professional rugby as he joins the ranks of his home province.
The Carraroe native will join the Connacht lineup for full-time pre-season training this summer, having come up through the ranks of the Connacht Academy system.
Speaking about the news, Eoin said that this is a proud day for him, and his community back home.
“Rugby is such a big part of our lives and I’m thrilled to now have the opportunity to play full-time for my home province.”
“I hope I can do everyone in An Cheathrù Rua and An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí proud in the next few years.”
De Buitléar comes from a family steeped in rugby at his hometown of An Cheathrù Rua in the heart of Connemara.
His father Cian co-founded An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí in the village while his brother Colm is a former Connacht player.
Director of Rugby Andy Friend said “Eoin’s journey from his days in Carraroe to where he is now is a brilliant story, and a testament to the incredible work being done to grow the game of rugby in that part of the province.”
“His family and coaches should be very proud of what he has achieved so far and I know he has the qualities to make a big impact on the Professional scene for the next few years.”