Kerins gets pro contract
Stephen Kerins has become the latest player from Sligo to sign a professional contract with Connacht.
The former Summerhill College and Sligo RFC scrum half has moved from the Connacht Academy to sign with the Province.
The Sligo man made his Connacht debut in the European Challenge Cup win away to Bordeaux in January.
Kerins was also previously capped for his country at Under 20 international level as he featured in the Under 20 Six Nations Championship in 2016.
The announcement was made by Connacht on Tuesday that Kerins and prop Rory Burke formerly of Notthingham were putting pen to paper.
Commenting on the latest additions to the Connacht squad, Head Coach Andy Friend said: "We are delighted to add Rory Burke and Stephen Kerins to our squad ahead of our 2019/20 campaign.
"In the season just gone, squad depth was really important to our success in qualifying for the Champions Cup. With more big games ahead that depth will be tested even further.
"Rory will give us another option up front, while Stephen's graduation from the Academy will be needed to add to our list of scrum half options," Friend added.
Sligo RFC congratulated Kerins on signing with Connacht. The club said: "Congratulations to Sligo's Stephen Kerins who has just become the latest player from the Connacht Academy to earn his first professional contract.
"Stephen, who currently plays with Young Munster, made his Connacht debut in the European Challenge Cup win away to Bordeaux in January and was also previously capped for Ireland, when he played in the Under 20 Six Nations Championship and featured in the U20 World Cup Final for Ireland in 2016
"Well done Stephen. #oneproudclub."
There were many messages of congratulations posted online to him also.