Connacht announce signing of Stacey Ili from Auckland

CONNACHT RUGBY TODAY confirmed the signing of Auckland utility back Stacey Ili.

Ili can play across the outside back positions. Source: Photosport/INPHO

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The 25-year-old, who has been part of the Auckland set-up for four years, has played both sevens and 15s with the side.

He can cover the back three and midfield and will meet up with his new colleagues in the west of Ireland later this week.

Speaking at the announcement, head coach Pat Lam said Ili would provide yet another option for the Guinness Pro12 champions:

“As we look to challenge in both the Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup, the addition to our squad of a player like Stacey increases our options all across the back line. Stacey is someone we’ve been looking at for a while now. He is an exciting and skillful player who will complement the game we want to play.”

Ili added: “I am really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to play with Connacht and under coach Pat Lam. I appreciate all the efforts that Connacht Rugby has made to ensure this smooth relocation for me. I am eager to get started and be a part of this awesome team.”

Playing for Melbourne University in the National Rugby Championship last season, Ili scored five tries in eight games, making 433m on 60 carries.

‘It would be great to get the green jersey back on again, that is top of the list’ – Rodney Ah You‘These are the moments I really enjoy, I know it’s funny’ – Pat Lam

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