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Former Connacht player is now the Leader of a new American dream

He walked away from professional rugby in 2014 but now Tadhg Leader is ploughing a furrow in Canada as a football kicker and he has his sights on the NFL

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Tadhg Leader in action for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Tadhg Leader in action for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Tadhg Leader in action for Connacht's U-20s in September 2011 against Leinster at Donnybrook Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tadhg Leader in action for Connacht's U-20s in September 2011 against Leinster at Donnybrook Stadium. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Tadhg Leader in action for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

On the day Connacht won their one and only senior title, Tadhg Leader couldn’t have been more tuned out.

Ear-marked for a pro career from his school days, he’d been fast-tracked into the province’s academy. Yet, having secured an early release from his contract in 2014 after becoming disillusioned due to injury, he was blissfully unaware as the squad secured the PRO12 under Pat Lam in Murrayfield.


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