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Carr ‘delighted’ with Connacht return after forgettable second stint at Leinster

Published 22/01/2013 | 05:00

FIONN CARR will return to Connacht at the end of the season after an unhappy second spell at Leinster.

The Kildare native made the same move in 2008 and spent three successful seasons at the Sportsground, where he became the western province's all-time leading try scorer.

Along with Sean Cronin and Jamie Hagan, Carr opted to return to Leinster at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, a decision he took before it was confirmed that Connacht would play in the following season's Heineken Cup.

However, the 27-year-old made just 24 starts since re-joining Leinster and played just twice in European competition, both times coming off the bench.

He moves in the opposite direction to Ireland lock Mike McCarthy, boosting Connacht coach Pat Lam's options when he takes charge next season, and is one of "several key signings" ahead of the Samoan's regime.

"I'm delighted to have re-signed for Connacht," Carr said after penning a two-year deal. "I thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons there and I can't wait to get back to the province and continue to improve my game."

Meanwhile, Connacht's teenage full-back Robbie Henshaw is hoping to cap one of the most meteoric rises through the ranks by lining out for the Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday.

This time last year the 19-year-old was playing for Marist College, Athlone in the Connacht Senior Schools Cup. But an ever-present Connacht campaign has seen Declan Kidney call on his services for the extended Ireland squad for the Six Nations.

Kidney was at the Sportsground as Henshaw bagged another man-of-the-match award for Connacht in their Heineken Cup win over Zebre, and the player hopes to be given the chance against the English Saxons on Friday night at the Galway venue.

"It is amazing. Unbelievable is what I'd call it now," Henshaw said. "I am just so happy to be called into the squad, to have the chance to play with such experienced players is brilliant.

"It is amazing to be able to make the step from schools to Connacht to the Irish squad level so quickly."

Irish Independent

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