Connacht confirm 11 end-of-season leavers, name nine new arrivals

Connacht have announced the names of 11 players who will leave at the end of the current season, a list that includes former captain Jarrad Butler. Irish side URC have also confirmed their 43-man squad for the 2024/25 season, a slight reduction in size from 2023/24.

The statement read: “As previously announced, Tiernan O’Halloran will retire at the end of the season after a 15-year career in his home country, while Diarmuid Kilgallen will move to Munster.

“Centurions Jarrad Butler and Tom Farrell will also move on at the end of the campaign. Both players joined the county in 2017. Butler captained the club for four seasons and made 126 caps, while Farrell scored 21 tries in 112 appearances for the club.

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“Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Tom Daly, Gavin Thornberry, Matthew Burke, Oran McAnulty and Tadhg McIlroy also depart, while Michael McDonald will return to Ulster after completing his season-long loan.

“There are nine new additions to the professional ranks for the 2024/25 season. In addition to the previously announced new signings Timmy Lasisi, David O'Connor, Piers O'Connor, Adam McBurnie and Ben Murphy, Josh Murphy has also joined the squad after his 12-month break To complete his medical studies, new additions next season are academy graduates Matthew Devine, Hugh Gavin and Chai Mullins.


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Head coach Pete Wilkins said: “All of our departing players should be very proud of the contributions they have made to our club. It is never easy to say goodbye to players, especially those who have been with us for a long time, but have made a lasting departure.” impression.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I sincerely thank them and wish them every success for the future. I'm sure they will get the reception they deserve after the Stormers game, and will always be welcome at Dexcom Stadium.”

“We are very excited about the squad we have assembled for next season. We have developed certain positional combinations, with the primary aim of strengthening the squad while continuing to provide our exciting group of young players with the opportunity to grow and develop further.

“It was important for us to have a degree of flexibility in certain positions, especially around lock, the back row and the back three. This versatility will be very important for us as the season winds down.

“It is a slightly smaller squad than the one that started this season which was necessary due to the World Cup, so 43 contracted professional players, combined with our integrated academy setup, gives us the right balance to allow us to compete on both fronts.”


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