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Connacht 2022/23

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Connacht Rugby can announce the club have signed Scottish hooker Grant Stewart on a short term, six-month contract.

Stewart arrives at The Sportsground to provide further injury cover and depth for the #2 jersey.

The 27-year old spent 5 years at Glasgow Warriors, scoring 9 tries across 48 appearances. Having represented Scotland at underage level, he also went on to make his senior international debut against France in 2019.

Commenting on his signing, Andy Friend says:

“We have three quality hookers in the squad in Dave Heffernan, Shane Delahunt and Dylan Tierney-Martin. However with Dave now a regular Ireland squad member and Shane unfortunately absent through injury for a little while longer, we’re now a little light in the position. So I’m very pleased we have been able to sign a player of Grant’s calibre and we have begun to integrate him into the squad this week, well in time for the start of the new season.”
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Great bit of business by Connacht.

An experienced short term signing can really add to a squad.
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Had to be done, starting the season with Tierney-Martin and de Buitléar as the only available options would have been rough. Final squad:

Loosehead

Denis Buckley (32) - Signed contract in 2021
Matthew Burke (25) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Peter Dooley (28) - Signed contract in 2022
Jordan Duggan (24) - Signed contract in 2021

Oisin Michel (20) - Academy year 1
Bart Vermeulen (?) - Academy year 2
Charlie Ward (22) - Academy year 3

Tighthead

Jack Aungier (23) - Signed contract in 2022
Finlay Bealham (31) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Sam Illo (21) - Signed 2 year contract in 2021
Dominic Robertson-McCoy (28) - Signed 1 year contract in 2022

Hooker

Shane Delahunt (28) - Signed contract in 2021
Dave Heffernan (31) - Signed contract in 2021
Grant Stewart (27) - Signed 6 month contract in 2022
Dylan Tierney-Martin (23) - Signed 1 year contract in 2022

Eoin De Buitléar (20) - Academy year 3

Lock

Oisin Dowling (25) - Signed contract in 2022
Leva Fifita (33) - Signed contract in 2021
Darragh Murray (21) - Signed contract in 2022
Niall Murray (22) - Signed contract in 2021
Gavin Thornbury (28) - Signed contract in 2021

Back row

Ciaran Booth (22) - Signed contract in 2022
Paul Boyle (25) - Signed contract in 2021
Jarrad Butler (31) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Shamus Hurley-Langton (22) - Signed contract in 2022
Sean Masterson (24) - Signed contract in 2021
Oisin McCormack (21) - Signed contract in 2022
Josh Murphy (27) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Conor Oliver (26) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Cian Prendergast (22) - Signed 3 year contract in 2022

Donnacha Byrne (21) - Academy year 3

Scrumhalf

Caolin Blade (28) - Signed 1 year contract in 2022
Kieran Marmion (30) - Signed 3 year contract in 2020
Colm Reilly (23) - Signed contract in 2021

Matthew Devine (20) - Academy year 1
Hubert Gilvarry (u22) - Academy year 2
Will Reilly (u22) - Academy year 2

Outhalf

Jack Carty (30) - Signed 3 year contract in 2022
Conor Fitzgerald (24) - Signed contract in 2021
Cathal Forde (20) - Signed contract in 2022

Harry West (u20) - Academy year 1

Centre

Bundee Aki (32) - Signed 3 year central contract in 2020
Shayne Bolton (22) - Signed contract in 2021
Tom Daly (29) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Tom Farrell (28) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
David Hawkshaw (23) - Signed contract in 2022
Shane Jennings (21) - Signed contract in 2022

John Devine (u20) - Academy year 1
Daniel Hawkshaw (20) - Academy year 1

Back 3

Adam Byrne (27) - Signed contract in 2022
Mack Hansen (24) - Signed 3 year contract in 2022
Diarmuid Kilgallen (22) - Signed contract in 2022
Oran McNulty (22) - Signed 2 year contract in 2022
Tiernan O'Halloran (31) - Signed 1 year contract in 2022
John Porch (28) - Signed 1 year contract in 2022
Byron Ralston (22) - Signed contract in 2022
Alex Wootton (28) - Signed contract in 2021

Shane Mallon (20) - Academy year 1
Josh O'Connor (21) - Academy year 2

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Don't agree with the IRFU giving a Scottish player a contract.

I hope that Clontarf's Dylan Donnellan [27] was approached regarding the same deal. He was an Irish U20, has played for Biarritz and Leeds in the second tier professional ranks, but most impressively bagged a ridiculous 20 tries last season in Tarf's run to the AIL title. One of the most effective players in the league.
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hugonaut wrote: August 3rd, 2022, 11:30 am Don't agree with the IRFU giving a Scottish player a contract.

I hope that Clontarf's Dylan Donnellan [27] was approached regarding the same deal. He was an Irish U20, has played for Biarritz and Leeds in the second tier professional ranks, but most impressively bagged a ridiculous 20 tries last season in Tarf's run to the AIL title. One of the most effective players in the league.
Also worth noting that he is from Galway, spent some time with Corinthians a while back.

I'm not sure how this plays out in practice, does Nucifora personally approve all contracts? If he/the IRFU put their foot down and insisted that this contract be given to an IQ player, I would imagine Connacht would sooner bring Johnny Murphy back in (like they did with Robertson-McCoy), as they need a player who can adapt to the new systems quickly and play a role in pre and early season games.
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I remember hearing that Peter Robb might be off to Ealing to help them find that trail, at long last. I take it that's where he's gone?
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If someone in their late mid 20s is in a full time job are they going to want to give it up (unless of course their employer would let them take a career break) for a six month contract? It'd be a tough call to make at that stage in your life
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Twist wrote: August 3rd, 2022, 12:37 pm I remember hearing that Peter Robb might be off to Ealing to help them find that trail, at long last. I take it that's where he's gone?
Yep, was confirmed in June: http://www.ealingtrailfinders.com/news/ ... ailfinders

He managed to put together a rare run of games at the start of 19/20 and showed a lot of promise imo, but ultimately he just didn't get on the field enough to justify his place in the squad.
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