Saturday 23 September 2017

Boshoff heads for home as Connacht dealt a blow

Boshoff’s departure has been on the cards for some time. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Boshoff’s departure has been on the cards for some time. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Connacht have been dealt a major blow ahead of the start of the new season after last year's marquee signing Marnitz Boshoff was released from his contract on compassionate grounds.

The South African's father died suddenly earlier this year and he has since spent the majority of his time back home with his family.

A shoulder injury suffered in just his second Connacht game hampered Boshoff's progress and after the tragic passing of his father, he only featured twice more for the Westerners.

Departure

Boshoff's departure has been on the cards for some time now and Connacht are due to announce his replacement in the coming days. It is expected that Andrew Deegan, a former Australian U-20 out-half will join.

"I would like to thank Connacht Rugby for agreeing to my request to be released from the final year of my contract after what has been a difficult season for me both on and off the field," Boshoff (above) said.

"During my time with the province I have experienced first-hand the unique sense of pride and community that exists throughout the province.

"There is an incredible group of players representing Connacht and I am proud to say I was part of this group.

"I have learned hugely from both players and management over the past season and this experience will have a positive impact on my career in the future. I would also like to thank the Connacht supporters, who have been incredible."

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