Thursday 17 August 2017

Connacht sign Jarrad Butler from the Brumbies on a three-year deal

Jarrad Butler
Jarrad Butler

New Zealand-born back rower Jarrad Butler will join Connacht at the end of the Super Rugby season on a three-year deal, the province announced today.

The 25-year-old is currently in her fourth year with the Brumbies and can operate on any position across the back row.

Having moved to Australia from his native Wellington at the age of 13, Butler was identified as a potential professional while on a scholarship at renowned rugby nursery, the Southport School in Queensland. He went on to represent Australia at every age-grade level including Schoolboys, Under-19s and Under-20s.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds as a 20-year-old against the Highlanders in 2012 and moved to the Brumbies in 2014, where his first season thrust him into the spotlight as one of the leading back rowers in Australian rugby.

Commenting on the province's latest signing, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: "We're delighted to be signing someone of Jarrad's rugby ability and believe he will be a big addition to our squad.

"As a back rower who is equally adept in all three positions, he brings a huge amount of versatility to the team. He is an extremely talented player who has been on the Wallabies' radar for some time.

"At a young age, Jarrad has already gained a great deal of experience as a leader in a highly professional environment and we look forward to welcoming him to Connacht Rugby at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season."

Speaking about his move to Ireland, Butler admitted: "I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to join Connacht. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Brumbies, however this new set of challenges on the other side of the world is something that I can't wait to embrace.

"I look forward to being part of this proud province, meeting the supportive fans and community, and most importantly doing everything I can to help Connacht be successful."

Butler is the seventh new addition to the Connacht senior squad this summer following the arrivals of scrum half James Mitchell, prop Peter McCabe and second row Gavin Thornbury along with Academy graduates Conor McKeon (scrum half), Cormac Brennan (utility back) and Pat O'Toole (hooker).

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