Robbie Henshaw to leave Connacht at the end of the season

The Irish centre has long been linked with a move to Leinster

Connacht Rugby have confirmed that Irish international Robbie Henshaw will leave his native province at the end of the month.

According to a statement released by the province, who currently sit second in the Pro12, Henshaw has decided not to extend his current contract.

Connacht coach Pat Lam said "Obviously we are disappointed with the ultimate outcome of our negotiations with Robbie, however, we respect the decision he has made and wish him all the best with the Irish team into the future".

Henshaw himself thanked all those involved with the province who have aided his development.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in Connacht Rugby who has played a part in getting me to where I am today, from my club, Buccaneers, to my school, Marist College and all of the coaching staff in Connacht Rugby itself.

"I was fortunate to be given my chance to play pro rugby at just 19 years of age and it’s been an incredible journey over the past four seasons, culminating in my breakthrough onto the national team.

"I also want to thank the Connacht fans who have always been so supportive of not just me but the team as a whole.

"Connacht Rugby are sitting in a strong position both in the PRO12 and Challenge Cup and I am determined to play my part to ensure we finish the season out on a high".

It is not clear as of yet where Henshaw will play his rugby next season but it is widely expected he will sign with Leinster.