Connacht let 13 go

Discussion in 'Guinness Pro14' started by feicarsinn, May 19, 2009.

  1. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Well it seems Connacht are going to be looking at some major squad upheaval having let a huge chunk of their squad. We might see some lads come up from the AIB leagues and maybe a few of the lads like Kieran Lewis who was let go by Munster head out west. I suppose they can't do any worse than they have been over the last few years and they don't seem to have lost anyone that big so who knows maybe a bright new era on its way out west. Anyway heres the list of lads on their way out

    John Lyne - prop
    Brian McGovern - prop
    Joe Merrigan - hooker
    Conor Muldoon - hooker
    David Gannon - lock
    Andrew Farley - lock
    Colm Rigney - back row
    Andy Dunne - fly half
    Tim Donnelly - fly half
    Mel Deane - centre
    John Hearty - centre
    Danny Riordan - wing/full-back
    Mike Roberts - wing
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  3. O'Rothlain

    O'Rothlain Guest

    Do we know where these guys are heading? Are they moving to bigger teams? Or is this just a shuffle around?
    I agree with your optimistic look at this situation. I hope a bright new era will begin.
    I would like to say that I don't like the way most people veiw Connacht. Does anyone else remember the match they gave SA pre-RWC07?
  4. I've read a rumour that Andrew Farley is off to the Ospreys. He's certainly good enough to pick up a contract with a good team. Deane is returning to Richmond (I think) as fitness coach. Danny Riordan may be off to La Rochelle in France. I don't know about the others but I suspect Gannon, Dunne and Donnelly will pick up pro contracts elsewhere.

    As for who's arriving, Bernie Upton is confirmed. Brian Touhy is all but confirmed. Mark Melbourne is supposed to joining from Munster. They've been linked with Mike McComish from Cornish Pirates or Exeter Chiefs (I'm not sure which). I suspect they'll add a prop, hooker and flyhalf too. Ray Hogan, Stephen Knoop, Jeremy Manning and Mike Essex perhaps?
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