Tuesday 16 January 2018

Connacht set to net all black

Connacht are poised to land one of their biggest signings since the game went professional with current All Black Benson Stanley set for a move to the Sportsground.

The 26-year-old centre, who won his first of three caps for the All-Blacks last summer against Ireland, would be a huge capture for Connacht coach Eric Elwood.

Stanley, who was born in Australia, plays for the Blues in Auckland and is in line for World Cup duty with the All Blacks. His uncle Joe played 27 Tests for New Zealand and was a World Cup winner in 1987.

However, there was bad news last night regarding scrum-half Conor O'Loughlin (28) who has been forced to retire because of a hip injury.

The former Ireland A and Under-21 scrum-half -- who made his Connacht debut in August 2003 -- has been troubled by the injury for several months.

Irish Independent

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