Saturday 21 April 2018

Towering Cannon eager to scale new heights

Cannon jumped at the chance to join Connacht after becoming frustrated with the lack of game-time he was getting with Wasps. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Cannon jumped at the chance to join Connacht after becoming frustrated with the lack of game-time he was getting with Wasps. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

John Fallon

James Cannon equalled the height of the tallest man to play for Connacht when he made his debut in October, but the 28-year-old has other heights to scale after moving to the Sportsground from England.

The 6ft 8in (2.03m) lock signed a one-season deal when he moved from Wasps back in September and he has since chalked up half a dozen appearances in the Pro12. He is the same height as Australian Warwick Waugh, who spent the 2002-03 campaign at the Sportsground.

Cannon, who spent three seasons at Northampton Saints where his father Vince spent 16 years, jumped at the chance to join Connacht after becoming frustrated with the lack of game-time he was getting with Wasps.

"An opportunity arose to come and hopefully play more than I was doing at my previous club," he explained. "I've been very fortunate that that has been the case."

Cannon is Irish qualified with family roots in Donegal and has settled in well in Galway; he is looking forward to playing his part as the Pro12 champions bid to get the defence of their title back on track when they travel to play high-flying Ospreys tomorrow.

"My father's family are from Donegal originally although I've never lived in Ireland before," said the Kettering native, who added that Connacht are determined to bounce back from festive losses to Ulster and Munster.

"There was a huge amount of disappointment in the dressing room after the Munster game. We made too many errors essentially.

"This weekend we've got a chance to really put our mark on the game and set ourselves up going into the rest of the season with something to achieve."

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