Connacht Rugby has announced they have secured the services of Kiwi tighthead prop Nathan White for next season.
The 6’2, 118kg prop will join Connacht from Leinster at the end of this season on a three year contract. The former Waikato captain played 77 times for the 2011 ITM Cup finalists before moving to Leinster on a one year deal last season.
To date he has 14 caps for Leinster including five in the Heineken Cup but has failed to secure a regular starting berth in the team and will be brought into the Connacht team to boost the strength and depth of the squad in the crucial tighthead position.
The dynamic front row forward is known for his ferocious scrummaging and exceptional leadership skills and, during his time as the Waikato captain, he led names such as All-Blacks legends Marty Holah, Stephen Donald, Mils Muliaina and Sitiveni Sivivatu
Assistant Coach Dan McFarland added:
“Nathan is an exceptional scrummager and to have a player with his explosive power around the pitch opens up a huge number of opportunities for us. Nathan’s a proven leader both on and off the pitch and I am looking forward to working with him here at Connacht.”
Team Manager and fellow Kiwi Tim Allnutt said:
“To have someone of Nathan’s calibre and work ethic joining the squad is a huge boost to the club. Ronan Loughney has been doing a superb job at tight-head this season and Nathan’s signature will add an extra layer of depth to this vital position. With a 3 year deal Nathan has shown he believes in what we are doing here and we will use his knowledge and experience to help bring through the next crop of props through our academy structures.