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7 months 4 weeks ago #68036

Connacht have only begun discussions this week. Apparently most of their frontline forwards are out of contract at the end of the season, such as Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury, Paul Boyle, Conor Oliver, Eoghan Masterson and Abraham Papaliā€™i, as well as Jack Carty, Stephen and Conor Fitzgerald, and John Porch, while Alex Wootton is on loan from Munster until the end of the season. The good news is that Andy Friend is to extend his stay.


So sayeth the Irish Times. Lots of work to be done, but here's hoping that business can be done. Not a one of the players mentioned are excess to requirements!

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7 months 3 weeks ago #68037

Friendy Re-signs :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

https://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2021/0128/1193575-easy-decision-friend-extends-connacht-deal/

Now, hopefully this starts an avalanche of re-signings over the next few weeks.
Would like if we can sign Alex Wootton permanently, I think he is out of contract with Munster at the end of the season (CC)

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7 months 3 weeks ago #68038

EXCELLENT news!! Well deserved. Branch and players are going to have a very busy and tough few weeks ahead of them, but fingers crossed!!

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7 months 3 weeks ago #68039

With money as tight as it is for the IRFU, I'm asuming that Connacht will not be signing any NIQ / Marquee player's this season!

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7 months 2 weeks ago #68044

Yeah doubt we'll be seeing many overseas signings anywhere, least of all Connacht.

Best hope is to hang on to the bulk of our squad but that said guys like Porch will be looking for a (well deserved) raise and someone like Buckley would be remiss to not worry that international recognition is not coming their way and look elsewhere for a decent payday.

We've the makings of a good squad but tough to maintain progress if too much experience is walking out the door, which I'd fear will happen.

Friendy said that turnover of the squad would be reduced this year so let's hope to hold onto our best.

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6 months 1 week ago #68086
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6 months 1 week ago #68087

Anyone know what contract Marmion is on?

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6 months 1 week ago #68089

overstrander wrote: Anyone know what contract Marmion is on?


End of 22/23, signed a 3 year deal last year

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6 months 1 week ago #68090

That's fantastic. Thank you.

Just saw in the indo:
Former Munster lock Donnacha Ryan could be in their sights as the veteran forward has been reported as one of the players leaving French side Racing 92 this summer.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #68136

www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/arid-40285226.html

Speculation by John Fallon that Quinn Roux is heading to Toulon, hopefully not true.

Edit; Now confirmed by Connacht Rugby that he is leaving.

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4 months 1 week ago #68137

He'll be such a loss to us - but equally can't begrudge him a thing. He's an absolute gentleman and hope he prospers going forward.

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4 months 1 week ago #68138

Gutted we are loosing him. Been an excellant player and you can currently see why we need him with our inconsistant defensive performances this season..
Indo says IRFU are giving us a green light to sign NIQ lock!! Who will we sign from 'Aldi' or will Andy be allowed shop in BT's ;)

https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/connacht-rugby/connachts-green-light-to-sign-non-irish-roux-replacement-40411746.html

Best of luck to Quin and his family for the future!
You never know, we might be able to get him to Murtys for a farewell pint
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3 months 2 weeks ago #68171

Conor Kenny of to Newcastle Falcons according to IG post by Joycey.

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3 months 1 week ago #68177

Shayne Bolton confirmed as coming to Connacht.
Only footage of him is Schools & Uni level so we're talking about potential here, rather than signing the finished article...

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2 months 4 weeks ago #68205

Desperately sad that Sean O'Brien has had to step away. Gave everything he had every time he pulled on a jersey. Will be very sorely missed.

Greg McGrath, prop from the East, joining us next season - we're going to be light enough there until Bucks is back to us.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #68206

Ah Stop, Always thought he had the potential to be a future Connact captain. Loved the way he played and was a genuine nice guy to boot. Another player who unfortunately was taken too early from playing the game :angry:
Been a tough few years for him. Hopefully he can get himself right and wishing him health and happeness in his next chapter.
You never know, maybe we'll see him in Murtys some time!!!

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