Thursday 27 July 2017

Conway follows Jones' path south to Munster

Conor George

Conor George

FORMER Ireland U-20 utility back Andrew Conway will join Munster from Leinster at the end of the season.

Conway, who has also represented Ireland at schools level, has played 11 times for the Leinster senior side this season, including one appearance in the Heineken Cup. He joins Munster on a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old, who scored a hat-trick of tries against Scotland in the 2011 Junior World Cup, made his debut for Leinster as a 19-year-old in February 2010, when he came off the bench against Scarlets.

The following season he made eight Celtic League appearances, scoring tries against Benetton Treviso, Ospreys and a crucial second-half effort in a 19-18 win over Edinburgh.

Conway is the second high-profile Leinster Academy player to switch allegiances, following in Felix Jones' footsteps – the full-back swapped provinces in 2009 and is now Munster's first-choice No 15.

Meanwhile, Connacht have announced that Dan McFarland is to remain as assistant coach to the incoming Pam Lam, who joins in April.

McFarland has signed a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further period.

The former prop, who played for the province from 2000-06, has already carved out an excellent coaching reputation with Connacht, having been appointed as forwards coach in 2006 and then assistant coach in 2010.

McFarland became only the second player (after Eric Elwood) to chalk up 100 caps for Connacht when he played against Munster in 2005. Lam, speaking from New Zealand, expressed his delight at being able to call on McFarland's expertise and experience.

"I've been very impressed with the work he has been doing with the forwards and it provides us with some real continuity, which is very important as we aim to build on Eric's foundation," said Lam.

"He is held in high regard by Connacht and Irish rugby, so to be able to secure his services going forward is a real coup for us."

Irish Independent

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