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Connacht Senior Squad 2017-2018 Season

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Position              
Contracted Eligibility Notes
Shane Delahunt Hooker 2018 IQ  
Tom McCartney Hooker 2020 IQ  
Pat O'Toole Hooker 2018 IQ From Academy
Dave Heffernan Hooker 2019 IQ  
Finlay Bealham Prop 2019 Ireland  
Conor Carey Prop 2019? IQ  
Denis Buckley Prop 2019 IQ  
JP Cooney Prop 2018 IQ  
Dominic Robertson-McCoy Prop 2019 IQ  
Peter McCabe Prop 2019 IQ From Munster
Denis Coulson Prop 2018? IQ From Grenoble
Quinn Roux Lock 2019 Ireland  
Ultan Dillane Lock 2019 Ireland  
James Cannon Lock 2019 IQ  
Gavin Thornbury Lock 2019 IQ From Wanganui
Andrew Browne Lock 2018 Ireland  
Jake Heenan Back Row 2018 IQ  To Bristol
Eoghan Masterson Back Row 2020 IQ  
James Connolly Back Row 2019 IQ  
Sean O'Brien Back Row 2020 IQ  
Naulia Dawai Back Row 2018 Fiji  
John Muldoon Back Row 2018 Ireland  Retiring
Eoin McKeon Back Row 2018 Ireland  
Jarrad Butler Back Row 2020 IQ Oct 2020 From Brumbies
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half 2020 Ireland  
Caolin Blade Scrum-half 2019 IQ  
James Mitchell Scrum-half 2019 IQ From Sale Sharks
Conor McKeon Scrum-half 2019 IQ From Academy
Craig Ronaldson Out-half 2019? IQ  
Jack Carty Out-half 2019 IQ  
Steve Crosbie Out-Half 2018 IQ  
Peter Robb Centre 2018 IQ  
Andrew Deegan Out-half 2018 IQ Oct 2020 From Waratahs/To Force
Bundee Aki Centre 2020 IQ  
Eoin Griffin Centre 2019? Ireland  
Tom Farrell Centre 2020 IQ  
Matt Healy Wing 2020 Ireland  
Tiernan O'Halloran Wing 2020 Ireland  
Niyi Adeolokun Wing 2019 Ireland  
Rory Scholes Wing 2019 Ireland From Edinburgh
Cormac Brennan Wing/Fullback 2018 IQ From Academy
Cian Kelleher Fullback 2019? IQ  
Darragh Leader Fullback 2019? IQ  
Stacey Ili Utility Back 2018 IQ Oct 2019  
Pita Ahki Centre 2018 New Zealand  From Waikato

 

Players in for 2018-2019

Name Position Contracted Eligibility From
Robin Copeland Back Row 2020 Ireland Munster
Conan O’Donnell Prop 2019 IQ Academy
Peter Claffey Lock 2019 IQ Academy
Cillian Gallagher Lock 2019 IQ Academy
Kyle Godwin Centre 2020 Australia Brumbies
David Horwitz Out-half 2020? IQ Sep 2023 Rebels

 

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Connacht Senior Squad 2018-2019 Season

Name                                 
Position              
Contracted Eligibility Notes
Shane Delahunt Hooker 2019? IQ  
Tom McCartney Hooker 2020 IQ  
Dave Heffernan Hooker 2019 IQ  
Jonny Murphy Hooker 2019 IQ From Rotherham Titans
Finlay Bealham Prop 2021 Ireland  
Conor Carey Prop 2019? IQ  
Denis Buckley Prop 2019 IQ  
Dominic Robertson-McCoy Prop 2019? IQ  
Peter McCabe Prop 2019? IQ  
Conan O’Donnell Prop 2019 IQ From Academy
Quinn Roux Lock 2021 Ireland  
Ultan Dillane Lock 2019 Ireland  
James Cannon Lock 2019 IQ  
Gavin Thornbury Lock 2021 IQ
Peter Claffey Lock 2019 IQ From Academy
Cillian Gallagher Lock 2019 IQ From Academy
Joe Maksymiw Lock 2020 IQ From Leicester
Eoghan Masterson Back Row 2020 IQ  
James Connolly Back Row 2019 IQ  
Sean O'Brien Back Row 2020 IQ  
Eoin McKeon Back Row 2019 Ireland  
Jarrad Butler Back Row 2020 IQ Oct 2020  
Robin Copeland Back Row 2020 Ireland From Munster
Colby Fainga’a Back Row 2019? IQ Sep 2023 From Brumbies
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half 2020 Ireland  
Caolin Blade Scrum-half 2020 IQ  
James Mitchell Scrum-half 2019 IQ  
Conor McKeon Scrum-half 2019 IQ  
Jack Carty Out-half 2019 IQ  
David Horwitz Out-half 2020? IQ Sep 2023 From Rebels
Craig Ronaldson Centre 2019? IQ  
Peter Robb Centre 2019 IQ  
Kyle Godwin Centre 2020 Australia From Brumbies
Bundee Aki Centre 2020 Ireland  
Eoin Griffin Centre 2019? Ireland  
Tom Farrell Centre 2020 IQ  
Matt Healy Wing 2020 Ireland  
Niyi Adeolokun Wing 2019 Ireland  
Rory Scholes Wing 2019 Ireland  
Cian Kelleher Wing 2019? IQ  
Darragh Leader Fullback 2019? IQ  
Tiernan O'Halloran Fullback 2020 Ireland  
     

 

 

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Name Position Contracted Eligibility
Jason Harris-Wright Hooker 2015 IQ
Seán Henry Hooker 2015 IQ
James Rael Hooker 2014 IQ
Rodney Ah You Prop 2016 IQ
Denis Buckley Prop 2015 IQ
JP Cooney Prop 2015 IQ
Ronan Loughney Prop 2015 Ireland
Nathan White Prop 2015 IQ Sept 2014
Brett Wilkinson Prop Retired Ireland
Craig Clarke Lock Retired New Zealand
Mick Kearney Lock 2015 IQ
Aly Muldowney Lock 2016 IQ
David Nolan Lock 2014 IQ
Michael Swift Lock 2015 IQ
Danny Qualter Lock 2015 IQ
Andrew Browne Lock/Flanker 2015 Ireland
Aaron Conneely Flanker 2014 IQ
Willie Faloon Flanker 2016 Ireland
Jake Heenan Flanker 2016 IQ July 2016
Dave Heffernan Flanker/Hooker 2015 IQ
Mata Fafita Flanker 2015 IQ
John Muldoon Flanker/ No 8 2016 Ireland
George Naoupu Number 8 2015 New Zealand
Eoin McKeon Number 8 2015 IQ
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half 2016 Ireland
Frank Murphy Scrum-half 2014 Ireland
Paul O'Donohoe Scrum-half 2014 IQ
Miah Nikora Out-half 2015 IQ
Dan Parks Out-half 2014 Scotland
Craig Ronaldson Out-half 2016 IQ
Eoin Griffin Centre London Irish IQ
Dave McSharry Centre 2015 Ireland
Brian Murphy Centre 2014 IQ
Danie Poolman Centre/Wing 2015 IQ June 2015
Kyle Tonetti Centre/Wing Retired IQ
Fionn Carr Wing 2015 Ireland
Matt Healy Wing 2016 IQ
Tiernan O'Halloran Wing 2016 IQ
Gavin Duffy Fullback 2014 Ireland
Robbie Henshaw Fullback 2016 Ireland
James So'oialo Fullback Released Samoa


Players in for 2014-2015

Name Position Contracted Eligibility From
Jack Carty Out-half 2015 IQ Academy
Bundee Aki Centre 2017 IQ Oct 2017 Chiefs (NZ)
Finlay Bealham Prop 2015 IQ Academy
Darragh Leader Fullback 2015 IQ Academy
Conor Finn Centre/Wing 2015 IQ Academy
Tom McCartney Hooker/Prop 2017 IQ Oct 2017 Blues (NZ)

 

 

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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #44124 2 years 7 months ago
Last Update of the year :woohoo:

So final table, and we're +23 for the season. Thats massively impressive
The biggest increases are
Ospreys, where we're plus 7 this season
Glasgow, where we're plus 6
and Munster, where we're plus 5

The biggest disappointments are:
Treviso, minus 4 this season
and Ulster, minus 1

Going to be hard to top this season
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #43848 2 years 7 months ago
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Decadence replied to the topic: #42811 2 years 7 months ago

Evil_g wrote: Connacht only won 6-9 in Treviso last year? I don't even remember that game.


I remember watching it in the Dail. Poor game, but I'll never forget Daragh Leader's dad shouting out 'That's bulls**t!' when he got the MOTM award.
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goconn replied to the topic: #42797 2 years 7 months ago
I ran into Craig after the game and he said he expects to be available for selection for the Treviso game in two weeks time.
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connachta replied to the topic: #42795 2 years 7 months ago
Ronaldson helped us a lot
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #42793 2 years 7 months ago
Connacht only won 6-9 in Treviso last year? I don't even remember that game.
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #42781 2 years 7 months ago
Week 20 Update

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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #42472 2 years 8 months ago
Forgot to update after the Ulster game.
Here's the latest after round 19

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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #41908 2 years 8 months ago
Week 18 Update

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Evil_g replied to the topic: #41895 2 years 8 months ago

Mucker wrote: It's looking good but it's time to get rid of the 6th place points line and replace them with a line in and around the average 4th place finish.I believe that line is close to the 69 point mark. Or even a line that dare I say it for a top two finish.


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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #41894 2 years 8 months ago
Edinburgh win today ensures we aren't mathematically into Europe just yet but I think at this stage it's safe enough to say we'll be in the draw during the summer.:cheer:

Was actually quite happy Edinburgh won today as it keeps them involved in the race for European qualification. Given two of their upcoming games are against Leinster or Munster it's no harm to keep them interested.

You have to feel sorry for Dragons, 9 losing bonus points at this stage.Have had 6 games since Christmas they could or should have won. Not good enough for Top 6 but are a lot more competitive than their 25 point total suggests.
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Mucker replied to the topic: #41893 2 years 8 months ago
It's looking good but it's time to get rid of the 6th place points line and replace them with a line in and around the average 4th place finish.I believe that line is close to the 69 point mark. Or even a line that dare I say it for a top two finish.
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #41868 2 years 8 months ago
So I don't think we can post inline images anymore.

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Evil_g replied to the topic: #41843 2 years 8 months ago
Having problems embedding / attaching files.


....I'll do it tomorrow.
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #41023 2 years 9 months ago
Week 17 Update:

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Mad isn't it?
clan clover replied to the topic: #40654 2 years 9 months ago

mikey wrote: Its great to see so many newcomers to The Sportsground.I can recall matches when supporters were in the high hundreds,the Clan was empty except for replacements on benches,players were on nodding terms with supporters in The Main ( and only) Stand; in the event of an occasional win we'd all invade the pitch ,chat with Gerry Kelly and the kids would kick a ball at goal.....and to top it the players were treated to pizzas in the dressing room !


its not that long ago Mikey, go even further back when the changing rooms were under the main stand and the players came out the middle of it.
mikey replied to the topic: #40601 2 years 9 months ago
Its great to see so many newcomers to The Sportsground.I can recall matches when supporters were in the high hundreds,the Clan was empty except for replacements on benches,players were on nodding terms with supporters in The Main ( and only) Stand; in the event of an occasional win we'd all invade the pitch ,chat with Gerry Kelly and the kids would kick a ball at goal.....and to top it the players were treated to pizzas in the dressing room !
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #40597 2 years 9 months ago
Week 16 Updated:

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connachta replied to the topic: #40589 2 years 9 months ago
best total ever reached yet. :D
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #40192 2 years 9 months ago
Week 15 Update:


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connemara man replied to the topic: #40164 2 years 9 months ago
Ah yeah I know bit it's nice to dream.

Edit
Last 4 years 4th
14/15-69
13/14-70
12/13-65
11/12-66
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Evil_g replied to the topic: #40163 2 years 9 months ago

connemara man wrote: I think you'll need to adjust the target lines for fourth :D


I considered putting them in a while ago, but didn't want to jinx it (because my thoughts have a huge bearing on on world events).

It's beginning to look like a reasonable aspiration now though. But because it's been such a weird season I don't think the points required for fourth last year are any indication of what would be required this year.
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Connacht Senior Squad 2014-2015 Season

Name Position Contracted Eligibility Notes
Jason Harris-Wright Hooker 2016 IQ  
Seán Henry Hooker 2015 IQ  
Tom McCartney Hooker/Prop 2017 IQ Oct 2017 From Blues (NZ)
Dave Heffernan Hooker/Flanker 2016 IQ  
Finlay Bealham Prop 2017 IQ From Academy
Rodney Ah You Prop 2016 Ireland  
Denis Buckley Prop 2017 IQ  
JP Cooney Prop 2016 IQ  
Ronan Loughney Prop 2017 Ireland  
Nathan White Prop 2017 Ireland  
Mick Kearney Lock 2015 IQ To Leinster
Aly Muldowney Lock 2016 IQ  
Michael Swift Lock 2015 IQ Retiring
Danny Qualter Lock 2016 IQ  
Quinn Roux Lock 2017 IQ June 2015 From Leinster
Andrew Browne Lock/Flanker 2016 Ireland  
Willie Faloon Flanker 2016 Ireland To Ulster
Jake Heenan Flanker 2016 IQ July 2016  
Mata Fafita Flanker 2015 IQ  
John Muldoon Flanker/ No 8 2016 Ireland  
George Naoupu Number 8 2016 New Zealand  
Eoin McKeon Number 8 2017 Ireland  
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half 2016 Ireland  
Ian Porter Scrum-half 2016 IQ From Ulster
John Cooney Scrum-half 2016 IQ From Leinster
Miah Nikora Out-half 2015 IQ  
Craig Ronaldson Out-half 2016 IQ  
Jack Carty Out-half 2017 IQ From Academy
Shane O'Leary Out-half/Centre 2016 IQ From Grenoble
Dave McSharry Centre 2017 Ireland  
Bundee Aki Centre 2017 IQ Oct 2017 From Chiefs (NZ)
Danie Poolman Centre/Wing 2017 IQ June 2015  
Conor Finn Centre/Wing 2015 IQ From Academy
Fionn Carr Wing 2015 Ireland  
Matt Healy Wing 2016 IQ  
Tiernan O'Halloran Wing 2016 IQ  
Niyi Adeolokun Wing 2017 IQ From Dublin Uni
Robbie Henshaw Centre/Fullback 2016 Ireland  
Darragh Leader Fullback 2017 IQ From Academy
Mils Muliaina Fullback 2015 New Zealand From Chiefs/ To Zebre
Shane Layden Fullback 2015 IQ From Academy

 

Players in for 2015-2016

Name Position Contracted Eligibility From
Ultan Dillane Lock 2017 IQ Academy
Eoghan Masterson Flanker 2017 IQ Academy
Caolin Blade Scrum-half 2017 IQ Academy
Nepia Fox-Matamua Flanker 2017 IQ June 2018 Auckland
Apirana Pewhairangi Centre/Out-Half IQ Rugby League

 

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salmson replied to the topic: #35708 3 years 4 months ago

Craic Head wrote: I would not be surprised to see Ross Byrne come here on loan from Leinster. They will be trying to get him game time in the Pro 12. Nigel was coaching him in the 20's this year. Marsh will stay in Dublin.


I don't really see what the point of that would be. Why would we give a 2nd year academy player from Leinster game time ahead of our own (McKeon)? You'd also think that with both Sexton and Madigan likely missing for 8-12 games he'd have more chance of playing in Leinster?
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Craic Head replied to the topic: #35706 3 years 4 months ago
I would not be surprised to see Ross Byrne come here on loan from Leinster. They will be trying to get him game time in the Pro 12. Nigel was coaching him in the 20's this year. Marsh will stay in Dublin.
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #35705 3 years 4 months ago

McNamara wrote: So the Connacht website has the squad & academy listed for the coming season and it seems we only have 3 listed outhalves (Carty, Ronaldson & McKeown). I know Api played outhalf in league but I dont know if that will translate to union and its been said (can remember where) that he is being viewed as a centre. It's a worrying lack of depth in the key position.


Not sure we're really lacking depth compared to most teams, quality could be a different issue. If we're tied to developing Carty and Ronaldson then they may as well play as much as possible.

McKeown and O'Leary as reserves leaves us with more depth than a good few teams, Munster for instance got to the pro12 final with just two outhalves. Whether any of those players are good enough to get Connacht above 7th is another question that we'll perhaps be able to answer this time next year.

There's also a rumour on the Leinster forums that one of their outhalf hopefuls will be loaned to Connacht, but that's not exactly a boost as we have more than enough developing talent as it stands.
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RonanL replied to the topic: #35702 3 years 4 months ago
I was chatting to Api briefly on Quay Street last weekend after the Kodaline gig - he confirmed that he was going to be playing in the centre. I'm pretty sure he said 13 specifically. We'll obviously be without Robbie for most of the season, so I'm guessing that's who he's here to cover. Really sound guy, and seemed happy to be in Galway.
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sea_point replied to the topic: #35701 3 years 4 months ago

McNamara wrote: So the Connacht website has the squad & academy listed for the coming season and it seems we only have 3 listed outhalves (Carty, Ronaldson & McKeown). I know Api played outhalf in league but I dont know if that will translate to union and its been said (can remember where) that he is being viewed as a centre. It's a worrying lack of depth in the key position.


Outside of distribution, a completely different skill-set really Only bit of tactical kicking are 40/20 kicks . and the bombs after the fifth tackle where they try and put opponent deep in their own territory and give themselves a chance to recover it by forcing an error.

Also flyhalf in League is not seen as a obviously defensively weak channel to attack as in Union.
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wp_rathead replied to the topic: #35700 3 years 4 months ago
O'Leary can play OH aswell so he another option
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #35699 3 years 4 months ago
There was an interview with him on the Connacht website and in that he made it pretty clear he was being looked at in the centre.

3 outhalfs is very short alright, you'd wonder if someone might be coming in post world cup; maybe one of the Leinster boys on loan who might see some game time early in the season but not once Johnny and Madigan are back.

I'd be against a convert playing 10, though I think Api is a union guy who went league and came back. One of our big problems last year was trying to play our way out of trouble in our own 22/half and I doubt a league OH would make that any better as possession is guaranteed there.
McNamara replied to the topic: #35697 3 years 4 months ago
So the Connacht website has the squad & academy listed for the coming season and it seems we only have 3 listed outhalves (Carty, Ronaldson & McKeown). I know Api played outhalf in league but I dont know if that will translate to union and its been said (can remember where) that he is being viewed as a centre. It's a worrying lack of depth in the key position.
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #35554 3 years 5 months ago
Not sure we need someone to play 8- we've already George and McKeon and that's Mastersons preferred position, and he's coming on in leaps and bounds and will be really pushing the two lads for the starting spot. He shouldn't be need at 7 as much (hopefully!!) with Jake back fit and this new Fox lad in.

Read on some forum that Marshall prefers 6, which is music to my ears as we've lacked size in our back row for quite a while so a lad who's big enough to play second row and mobile enough to play flanker will do nicely B) Means we might be a bit short in the second row with just Quinn, Aly, Qualter, Browne and Dillane, though if one of O'Brien or Romaine are ready to step up for a few games this year we might be ok.
clanman replied to the topic: #35544 3 years 5 months ago
top of my wish list would be a 10 and a 6 who can play 8 as well

since we don't have the talent coming through at out-half at least not in any good numbers there has to be some half-decent guys abroad that would want to make a move to Connacht for decent enough money, a decent 6/8 is a more difficult asset to buy
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #35543 3 years 5 months ago
McKeon is only going into second year academy so he will still have plenty of time, can't see Api going straight to 10 from league so can see him playing 13 or 12 (seems small for a 12 though unless we're going with the NZ style 2nd OH at 12, but where would that leave Bundee?) and Ronaldson sees as much time at 12 as 10 so Carty is the only first teamer who can only play at outhalf.

Marsh is going to be behind Byrne in Leinster, so second choice at best during the WC and fourth after that, so I could maybe see him moving.

Edit: just realised how many "sos" I had in there :sick: - key points:
10/12/13 is still an area we could do with one/two more
Marsh probably won't see much game time and could look to move on from Leinster
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salmson replied to the topic: #35542 3 years 5 months ago
That's kind of hard to credit with Leinster losing so many to the World Cup.
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sligsup replied to the topic: #35541 3 years 5 months ago
rumours on the Leinster forum that young outhalf Cathal Marsh is being sent to us - if true what does that say in relation to Api and Ronaldson not to mention young Conor Mckeown - has he more potential than mentioned???
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Borders no.2 replied to the topic: #35530 3 years 5 months ago
Anyone know the length of the contract (1 or 2 years)? Given that he is young and Irish qualified it could prove to be a good outside the box signing. Its a difficult environment to try and get players this year. Let's hope this punt will come off.
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sea_point replied to the topic: #35526 3 years 5 months ago

phatguerilla wrote: Assuming he's not on a big wedge he's well worth a punt but there are reservations. He's probably smaller than any of our other centre options. Also the 10 role in both codes is pretty different - I'm not a follower of league but I don't think there's much kicking involved, so we'd have another 10 on the books learning the trade.
It's an interesting move and there's hopefully something there but it's a risk


I suspect he'll be developed as a ten the role he seems to play at RL and when he was a kid playing RU, and height/weight stats for Connacht.... psshhhh (lies, damn lies and statistics).... B)

tvnz.co.nz/rugby-league-news/warriors-fa...in-toowoomba-6229982

There's kicking in League from hand alright in League, to touch from a penalty and on fifth tackle (if you're deep in your own half, sort of like third and long in US Football) to get the ball as far away from your posts as possible when possession turns over on sixth tackle...
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phatguerilla replied to the topic: #35523 3 years 5 months ago
Assuming he's not on a big wedge he's well worth a punt but there are reservations. He's probably smaller than any of our other centre options. Also the 10 role in both codes is pretty different - I'm not a follower of league but I don't think there's much kicking involved, so we'd have another 10 on the books learning the trade.
It's an interesting move and there's hopefully something there but it's a risk
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AJ6000 replied to the topic: #35522 3 years 5 months ago
An Irish qualified rugby league player who has played for the Irish Rugby League national team. He's a 10 from what I can gather but can also fill in at centre.

Doesn't seem to have played all that much going on the wiki page but maybe that's not the case

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api_Pewhairangi
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GTTC replied to the topic: #35521 3 years 5 months ago
Anyone know anything about him? Apart from wiki info!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api_Pewhairangi
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swift4prez replied to the topic: #35520 3 years 5 months ago
Connacht Rugby has announced the signing of Ireland qualified Api Pewhairangi (23). 
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St Placide replied to the topic: #35490 3 years 5 months ago
The French transfer window for clubs established in Top 14 or Pro D2 closed at midnight on Monday 15 June. Newly promoted clubs have until 7 July to finalise contracts. Midol has published the full list of changes. Budgets are getting tighter and there are a number of relatively useful players out of contract, e.g. Richard Kingi and, ahem, Digby Ioane at Paris. (Ioane is rumoured to be on his way to England.)
RogueXV replied to the topic: #35464 3 years 5 months ago
It does sound a little crazy, but in reality most moves are done by mid June anyway. Certainly POC had a deal in place with Toulon before now, just waiting for the season to end and him to pass the physical to finalise it.
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salmson replied to the topic: #35461 3 years 5 months ago

pinky wrote: Just saw mention in the report about POC contract that the French transfer deadline is today.
Never heard of this deadline before. Surely they can sign players during the off-season?
If not does that mean anyone who hasn't moved yet can't go to France and thus less competition for any Pro12 team out bargain hunting?


The French clubs are allowed a number for short term medical joker contracts mid season these are almost always lads who are released from/not upgraded to Super Rugby contracts. But the transfer window in France is always short - it opens in April and shuts down some time in June (last year it was about a week later than this year).
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connolly replied to the topic: #35459 3 years 5 months ago
Ya spotted that too never heard of a transfer window that shuts so early in the summer. :S
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pinky replied to the topic: #35458 3 years 5 months ago
Just saw mention in the report about POC contract that the French transfer deadline is today.
Never heard of this deadline before. Surely they can sign players during the off-season?
If not does that mean anyone who hasn't moved yet can't go to France and thus less competition for any Pro12 team out bargain hunting?
RogueXV replied to the topic: #35444 3 years 6 months ago
Be that as it may, I'm not expecting any earth shattering news on the signing front in the coming weeks. I was expecting POC to leap across the Shannon and head up to Galway, but Patchy has convinced me there is no room in the budget.