Monday 24 April 2017

Ever-present Muldoon in elite club

31 March 2015; Connacht's John Muldoon during squad training. Sportsground, Galway. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
31 March 2015; Connacht's John Muldoon during squad training. Sportsground, Galway. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

John Muldoon is one of only two players to start in every match for his club in this season's Guinness Pro12 and Connacht is the only side to have three players who have featured in every game.

Muldoon, now in his 12th league campaign, has started all 20 games in the league this season and has chalked up 1,529 minutes of action.

That is only surpassed by Ospreys full-back Dan Evans, the only other player in the league to start all 20 games, who has played 1,547 and the only action he has missed was when he got injured 27 minutes into a game against Munster.

But Connacht lead the way with the most players to have played in all games with prop Denis Buckley and No 8 George Naoupu also ever-present.

Buckley, a key contender for the Connacht Player of the Year award, has started 19 matches and came on as a replacement in another.

Naoupu has started a dozen games and has come off the bench in eight others.

Treviso have two players who have played in all their games with Davide Giazzon starting 19 and coming on in another, while Matteo Zanusso has started 16 matches and been introduced in four others.

Cardiff's Josh Turnbull (18+2), Edinburgh's WP Nel (12+8), Jimmy Gopperth (17+3) of Leinster, and Steve Shingler (9+11) of Scarlets are the only other players to feature in all 20 games for their clubs this season.

Three Connacht players have featured in 19 league games this season.

Jack Carty has started 14 and come on in five others, with Rodney Ah You starting 13 and coming off the bench in another six.

Darragh Leader has started a dozen matches and come on in another seven in what has been a very good season for him.

Danie Poolman is next on the list of appearances with 18 games, all but one on the starting 15.

Quinn Roux is next with 17 games, 15 of them in the starting side, surpassing in one campaign more league games than he played in two seasons with Leinster.

Connacht, still trying to secure a top-six finish for the first time, will wrap up their campaign away to Zebre next week and at home to Ospreys on the final day of the season.

Irish Independent

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