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Greg McGrath has signed for Connacht

Greg McGrath has signed for Connacht

Greg McGrath has signed for Connacht

CONNACHT have added Leinster prop Greg McGrath to their squad ahead of next season.

The Wexford native made his debut for his home province against the Westeners during the Christmas interpros and has played two senior games since.

However, with Andy Friend looking to bolster his options after starting loosehead prop Denis Buckley was ruled out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and Paddy McAllister retired, he's decided to move to Galway in search of more game-time.

A former Ireland U-20 international who plays his club rugby for Lansdowne and can operate on either side of the scrum, McGrath will hope to make a big impact at the Sportsground as he follows in the foot-steps of Jack Aungier and Oisin Dowling who made the same move last summer.

Commenting on today’s news, Connacht Coach Andy Friend says:

“We’re really pleased to welcome Greg to Connacht Rugby. He will give us the added depth that we need at tighthead but his ability to play at loose is another boost too. He’s very highly regarded on the club scene and has made a good impression during his time at Leinster, so we’re looking forward to his arrival.”

Greg McGrath says he’s looking forward to becoming a Connacht player:

“I’m very proud to be joining Connacht and sign my first Professional contract. Connacht have a great history of developing players and giving them an opportunity to impress, so I hope to make a positive impact there. I’m looking forward to making the move to the West and see what the future has in store.”

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