Wednesday 21 March 2018

Muldoon honoured with Pro12 gong

Connacht captain John Muldoon. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Connacht captain John Muldoon. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Connacht captain John Muldoon says confidence is high in the camp after an impressive showing in the Pro12 awards on Sunday evening.

The 33-year-old back row won the Pro12 Chairman's Award at the event in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, while centre Bundee Aki picked up the coveted Players' Player of the Season award, and Pat Lam was given the Coach of the Year prize.

It was a great evening for Connacht as they celebrated their win over Glasgow that guaranteed them a home semi-final, in their first ever Pro12 play-off which takes place next weekend at the Sportsground.

Loosehead Denis Buckley was one of only three players reselected for the Pro12's Dream Team again this season - Robbie Henshaw was in the 2014-15 equivalent but he didn't make it this year.

There were seven Connacht players in total this season in an amazing haul, with Matt Healy, Aki and Kieran Marmion picked in the backline, and Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane all selected in the forwards.

The awards capped off a brilliant campaign for the Connacht squad but they want to ensure it doesn't end here as they welcome Glasgow to Galway tomorrow week.

But Muldoon says the team are in the right mindset to build on that result.

"We are in a unique situation for Connacht Rugby that we have never been there before, we have absolutely nothing to lose now," Muldoon said.

"We might as well go out and give it our all."

Irish Independent

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