This season's Heineken Cup debutants, Connacht Rugby, have secured the services of 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 and will be brought into the Connacht set-up to strengthen the 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 players such as Marty Holah, Stephen Donald, Mils Muliaina and Sitiveni Sivivatu
Connacht 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."
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