Connacht Rugby has bolstered its squad for next season by signing exciting centre Danie Poolman from the Stormers. With the Heineken Cup returning to the Sportsground next season Eric Elwood continues to build and develop the team and has signed the 23-year-old on a three year deal.
Pretoria born Poolman has excelled for the Cape Town based team in an international backline that includes Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, and Gio Aplon. He will be joining a settled Connacht side which has been strengthened by some astute signings in recent months and when the RaboDirect PRO12 kicks off in September Eric Elwood will be able to call on Heineken Cup finalists Nathan White and Willie Faloon, as well as former international Dan Parks.
Poolman's signing is further indication of the hard work that is going on off the pitch to strengthen the depth of this Connacht side for the rigours of the league and their second Heineken Cup campaign. With the emergence of Academy stars such as Denis Buckley, Mick Kearney, and Shane Layden, coupled with the experience of Connacht legends John Muldoon, Michael Swift, and Gavin Duffy the new signings will help to shape the future of the team in an exciting time for the development of the club. Speaking about the signing Elwood said: “We are delighted to be signing a young exciting prospect such as Danie who has already gained valuable Super XV experience. He's coming from a club with an excellent reputation for developing young talent and he has starred alongside some quality international players. He's a strong ball-carrier with an excellent work rate both in attack and defence and I am really looking forward to working with him.”