Sunday 26 May 2019

Connacht announce the signing of Australian Sevens star John Porch

John Porch
John Porch
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Connacht have announced the signing of Australian Sevens international John Porch ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The speedy 25-year-old winger was recruited into the sevens programme by Connacht boss Andy Friend, while he was Head Coach of the Australian Sevens team in 2015.

“John Porch is a player that was identified as a prospect for the Australian Sevens squad in early 2016," Fried said.

"I was extremely impressed by his performances in his first tournament and subsequently offered him a contract. He was a hugely impressive player at sevens level, and I believe that he will suit the style of play and culture in Connacht as we prepare for the season ahead.”

Following his contract signing, John Porch added: “I am really excited about signing for Connacht. I obviously know Andy from his time with the Australia Sevens programme and he recruited me and gave me my debut in 2015.

"The possibility of playing Champions Cup rugby in the Sportsground next season is an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down. I’m looking forward to getting over to Ireland now and linking up with the squad.”

Speaking about the composition of his squad for next season, Friend added:  “Ahead of next season I am extremely happy with the depth of our squad.

"We have already announced the signing of Paddy McAllister, Tom Daly, Stephen Fitzgerald, Angus Lloyd and Rory Burke in addition to Paul Boyle, Conor Fitzgerald, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny and Stephen Kerins who have graduated from our Academy this season. We have also had a huge focus on retaining our existing talent with contract renewals for many of our internationals and more senior players in the squad."

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