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

 

Notes:

Yellow Highlight indicates that the player's contract has been extended this season

Amber Highlight indicates that the player's contract is due for renewal at the end of this season

Red Highlight indicates that the player is retiring or moving on

IQ indicates that the player is eligible to play for Ireland now but may still qualify to represent another country.

IQ [Date] indicates the date the player becomes eligible for Ireland if he remains uncapped.

Full Country Name indicates that the player is tied to that country.

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Posted: 1 year 8 months ago by salmson #35708
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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?
Posted: 1 year 8 months ago by Craic Head #35706
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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.
Posted: 1 year 8 months ago by phatguerilla #35705
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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.
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by RonanL #35702
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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.
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by sea_point #35701
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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.
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by wp_rathead #35700
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O'Leary can play OH aswell so he another option
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by Accidentally Onside #35699
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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.
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by McNamara #35697
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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.
Posted: 1 year 9 months ago by Accidentally Onside #35554
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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.
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by clanman #35544
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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
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by Accidentally Onside #35543
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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
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by salmson #35542
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That's kind of hard to credit with Leinster losing so many to the World Cup.
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by sligsup #35541
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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???
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by Borders no.2 #35530
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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.
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by sea_point #35526
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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...
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by phatguerilla #35523
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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
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by AJ6000 #35522
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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
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by GTTC #35521
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Anyone know anything about him? Apart from wiki info!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api_Pewhairangi
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by swift4prez #35520
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Connacht Rugby has announced the signing of Ireland qualified Api Pewhairangi (23). 
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by St Placide #35490
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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.)
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by RogueXV #35464
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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.
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by salmson #35461
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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).
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by connolly #35459
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Ya spotted that too never heard of a transfer window that shuts so early in the summer. :S
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by pinky #35458
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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?
Posted: 1 year 10 months ago by RogueXV #35444
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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.