Leinster Rugby can confirm that Conor Gilsenan has joined Connacht Rugby on loan until the end of the season.

The Westmeath native has been hugely influential the last few seasons for the Leinster ‘A’ team in the B&I Cup, which they won last year and are in the Quarter-Finals of this year.

Coach Matt O’Connor explained the decision to allow Conor leave:

“Conor is a really promising player but such is our lot at Leinster at the moment that we have an abundance of back row talent all vying for a limited amount of positions and game time. An opportunity arose whereby Conor can gain valuable first team and Pro12 experience at Connacht which will in turn be hugely beneficial to him and indeed to us at Leinster.

“Conor is a young man with a bright future, very dedicated in how he goes about his business and I know he will settle in well at Connacht.”