Rugby

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Connacht's 'forward' planning

John Fallon

Published 10/01/2013 | 05:00

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HookeR Jason Harris-Wright says he had no hesitation committing his future to Connacht after a successful maiden season at the Sportsground during which he has nailed down a starting position.

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The 24-year old Dubliner, who joined Connacht during the summer from Bristol, was one of four forwards to sign contract extensions announced by Eric Elwood's side.

Connacht may not know their management team for next season, but they are making strides in confirming their squad, with promising lock Mick Kearney and another 21-year-old with loads of potential, back- rower Eoin McKeon, also penning new deals. Experienced Kiwi George Naoupu (29) has also signed a two-year extension, with the option of a third season with the side.

Hooker Harris-Wright was thrilled to sign a two-year extension after an impressive start to his career in Galway. "It has been a great move for me. I love it here – the style of rugby we play. They are a great bunch of lads, and I am loving the game time," he said.

"We have had a couple of good wins in 2012 and this is a great way to start the year off on a positive note, especially with the Heineken Cup games ahead. I am really happy here and with the way I'm progressing. Each game you begin to feel a little better, your fitness feels better and you get in sync with the lads at the line-out. You improve each game you play together and the connectivity improves."

Connacht CEO Tom Sears said that all four of the players who have just extended their contracts were being hunted by other clubs: "It is another clear indication that we intend to retain our best players and continue to build for a successful future.

"The fact that all of the four have committed to Connacht in the face of strong interest from elsewhere is a demonstration of both the progress they have made as players and the progress we are making as a province."

Irish Independent

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