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Saturday 24 February 2018

IRFU GET AUTUMN LIFT AS wallabies clash PROVES ANOTHER AVIVA SELL-OUT

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THE IRFU have received a welcome boost to their coffers after confirming they've sold out the second of their three November internationals, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The 'full house' signs will be hung from the Aviva Stadium for two weeks running after the last tickets for Saturday week's clash with Australia were sold yesterday.

It means that both the Wallabies and the All Blacks will play to capacity crowds during the Guinness Series, news that will be music to the union's ears after their struggle to sell five and 10-year tickets last year.

Meanwhile, Connacht continued their week of positive news by announcing that out-half Craig Ronaldson has signed a two-year professional deal. The Naas native joined the westerners from Lansdowne at the end of last season, penning an initial one-year deal.

He has grabbed his opportunity with both hands, capitalising on the province's injury crisis to start both of their Heineken Cup games in the centre and impressing despite playing out of position.

"I've enjoyed every minute of my time here since I arrived last summer and I've been made feel very welcome by everyone," Ronaldson said.

"I'm learning so much from this environment and am fortunate to be working closely with the likes of Dan (Parks) and Miah (Nikora) to improve my game.

"I'm really looking forward to developing further as a player with the help of Pat (Lam) and the coaching staff in what is a really exciting period for us all at Connacht."

Irish Independent

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