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'I was happy to stay at Leinster - I want to give myself a chance' - Will Connors backs himself for breakthrough

Having turned down a move to Connacht, Kildare flanker has caught Farrell’s eye with his PRO14 performances

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25 November 2019; Will Connors poses for a portrait at a Leinster Rugby press conference at Leinster Rugby Headquarters in UCD, Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

25 November 2019; Will Connors poses for a portrait at a Leinster Rugby press conference at Leinster Rugby Headquarters in UCD, Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

25 November 2019; Will Connors poses for a portrait at a Leinster Rugby press conference at Leinster Rugby Headquarters in UCD, Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

When the tap on the shoulder came, Will Connors listened to what the IRFU wanted him to do and thought better of it. Now, he is reaping the rewards.

Towards the end of the 2017/'18 season, the openside flanker was presented with the option of moving to Connacht to further his ambitions.

Understandably, the union pointed to the presence of Seán O'Brien, Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier and Jordi Murphy ahead of him and the coming force of Scott Penny and suggested he might get more exposure elsewhere. A contract was put on the table, but the Kildare native wanted to play for his home province.


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