Wednesday 20 September 2017

Elwood looks for new blood

Connacht head coach Eric Elwood. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht head coach Eric Elwood. Photo: Sportsfile

Connacht coach Eric Elwood is hoping to strengthen his squad ahead of their second season in the Heineken Cup by securing cover in a number of key positions.

Elwood has assembled the bulk of his squad for next season -- former Scottish out-half Dan Parks, Ulster flanker Willie Faloon and Leinster prop Nathan White are the the main signings -- but is hoping to add more players before the start of the season.

"We are a bit light in a few positions and could do with bringing in cover at prop, hooker and in the centre.

"Hopefully, playing in the Heineken Cup again will help us in recruiting those players," said Elwood.

Connacht qualified for the Heineken Cup for the first time a year ago when Leinster lifted the title and their participation next season was guaranteed when Ulster and Leinster were victorious in the semi-finals at the weekend.

"It's great to be back in it again next year. It was a great experience for everyone in Connacht this season and it will allow us build again next year," Elwood said.

Connacht sold 3,200 season tickets this year and more than 2,000 of them had renewed their tickets prior to last weekend.

"It was great they were prepared to do that even though we were not guaranteed Heineken Cup rugby," said Elwood, "so hopefully now we can surpass that number next season."

Irish Independent

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