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Connacht confirm O'Donohoe deal

Connacht have confirmed the signing of Leinster's former Ireland U-20 scrum-half Paul O'Donohoe, as revealed in yesterday's Irish Independent.

Connacht coach Eric Elwood coached the Ireland U-20s to the Grand Slam in 2007 and O'Donohoe is the latest member of the squad to join the province, teaming up with Andrew Browne, TJ Anderson, Eoghan Grace and Niall O'Connor next season. The 5'10'', 89kg scrum-half has played 16 times for Leinster, including Heineken Cup appearances against Glasgow and the Scarlets. The 23-year-old has also captained Leinster 'A' this season over the course of 19 appearances for the back-up side.

"I have worked under Eric and (forwards coach) Dan McFarland in my Ireland U-20 days so I have first-hand experience of how passionate they are about the club, and also how ambitious they are, so I am very excited by this challenge," said O'Donohoe (left).

"I will obviously miss the lads at Leinster as I have been here since my academy days, however Connacht is a new chapter in my rugby career that I am very excited about."

"I've known Paul since he starred for the Ireland U-20s in '07 and I believe he's a top-class player and very capable of the standard required in the Magners League and European competitions," said Elwood.

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