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Published: 12:01 | 3/5/16

Connacht bring in Kelleher


Connacht have signed full-back Cian Kelleher from Leinster on a two-year deal.

A product of the Leinster Academy, Kelleher has made seven Guinness PRO12 appearances for the province and travelled as part of last summer's Emerging Ireland squad to Georgia after representing Ireland at Under-18, U19 and U20's level.

As well as operating at full-back, the 21-year-old can play on the wing and outside centre and head coach Pat Lam is looking forward to welcoming him into the squad for next season.

"It's great to have someone with Cian's versatility joining our squad for next season. As a fullback who can also play on the wing and outside centre, his arrival will bring more competition and depth in the backs as we prepare for Champions Cup rugby," he said.

"I was really impressed when I first saw Cian play for Lansdowne and Ireland Under-20's a couple of seasons ago. He showed real x-factor qualities with some of the tries he scored as well those he setup for his team mates.

"With the way we train and play the game I have no doubt he will be able to showcase his ability on the PRO12 and Champions Cup stage to chase his big goal of representing Ireland."

Speaking about the move, Kelleher said: "Having watched the brand of rugby Connacht have been playing, I was really excited by the opportunity Pat presented to me. I cannot wait to get started down in Galway this summer where I'll have to compete with a very talented and competitive back line for a starting spot.

"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from Leinster Rugby, Lansdowne RFC and St. Michaels College who have always supported me. I'm extremely grateful to everyone for their time and input along the way."

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