Wednesday 20 September 2017

Connacht chief in shock exit as Muldoon hits 200-cap mark

John Fallon

John Muldoon is one of the few current players who was with Connacht a decade ago when there was a threat of the side being disbanded, so he learned early not to get involved in off-the-field controversies.

So, following the disclosure of a budget over-run of around €400,000 and the announcement that CEO Tom Sears is leaving after just over a year, Muldoon is focusing on another milestone.

The 30-year-old from Portumna will become only the second player to be capped 200 times for Connacht – after Michael Swift – when he plays against Cardiff Blues.

"It's been 11 years, but it doesn't seem that long – I am enjoying my rugby," he said.

"There has been an awful lot of changes, especially off the field and particularly in the last couple of years. We seem to have gone into turbo-boost since the Heineken Cup came. It's a pleasure to be involved and I want that to continue for a while longer."

Meanwhile, the search begins to find a successor to Englishman Sears, who did not disclose the reasons behind his surprise exit.

Irish Independent

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