Sunday 25 September 2016

Duffy inducted to Clan Hall of Fame

Daragh Small

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Former Connacht great Gavin Duffy said the best is yet to come for the Westerners as he was inducted into the Connacht Clan Hall of Fame last weekend
Former Connacht great Gavin Duffy said the best is yet to come for the Westerners as he was inducted into the Connacht Clan Hall of Fame last weekend

Former Connacht great Gavin Duffy said the best is yet to come for the Westerners as he was inducted into the Connacht Clan Hall of Fame last weekend.

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The 33-year-old former full-back was a stalwart for the province and made 174 appearances, scoring 16 tries in ten seasons at the Sportsground.

He also had spent three seasons in the English Premiership with Harlequins, where he won the Challenge Cup in 2004. He was capped for Ireland on ten occasions, scoring three tries.

The Ballina native was inducted into the Hall of Fame following last Saturday's defeat to Ulster and was delighted to add his name to the list of greats.

"It is an honour and especially from the fans. I know that the fans that are involved in the Clan have been with us for a long number of years, not just in the last three or four years with the Heineken Cup."

In November 2011 Connacht lost 25-17 to Harlequins at the Stoop in their first game in the Heineken Cup. Duffy captained that Connacht side on that day and scored a try against his former employers.

"It has been a long road for you guys as well when you have stood out there in the lashing rain with no cover," he said.

"And going to far-off places in the south of France. . . and we have all enjoyed those trips. We haven't always got the right results but I think there was always great craic had.

"That is what has kept us going and looking forward to the better days ahead and we've certainly had a few of those and I have no doubt with the Connacht Clan and all the other members that we have added now in the last couple of years that we will only have bigger days ahead.".

Irish Independent

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