Wednesday 21 March 2018

Connacht swoop for record points-scorer Parks

John Fallon

CONNACHT have made a sensational swoop for Celtic League record points-scorer Dan Parks.

The former Scotland out-half will complete his move to the Sportsground on a two-year deal this week as coach Eric Elwood strengthens his squad for next season.

Australian-born Parks (33), who has amassed 1,322 points in nine seasons in the Celtic League with Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues, retired from Test rugby following Scotland's Six Nations loss to England, having won 67 caps for his adopted country.

The only other Scottish international to play for Connacht was No 8 Eric Peters, who moved there 10 years ago.

Parks briefly played for Leeds Tykes in the English Premiership before moving to Glasgow; he has notched 537 points in 10 seasons of Heineken Cup rugby.

The 33-year-old, who has spent the past two seasons with Cardiff, is the second major signing for Connacht in the past week, with Kiwi prop Nathan White joining from Leinster for three years from the summer.

Meanwhile, one of the players Parks will be competing with for the No 10 shirt next season, Niall O'Connor, has been ruled out of Friday's trip to the Scarlets, suffering a hairline fracture after a knock to the head in the 26-13 win over Edinburgh at the weekend.

"He has had a scan and we will be keeping a close eye on him during the week but he is out of Friday's game and we will just need to assess him from there," said Elwood.

Brett Wilkinson and Mike McCarthy also look set to miss the trip to Llanelli after being called in to train with the Irish squad this week.

Prop Ronan Loughney will also train with the Irish squad today but is expected to be available to play for Connacht on Friday.

Irish Independent

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