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Published: 10:37 | 21/12/15

Griffin returning to Connacht

Eoin Griffin is to return to Connacht at the end of the current season.

Griffin joined the Connacht academy in 2009 and went on to make earn his first cap for the province in the same year.

In total he made 71 appearances for Connacht before joining London Irish in the summer of 2014, signing a two-year deal with the English club.

The centre has played in 15 Aviva Premiership and five Challenge Cup games, but he is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a bicep tendon tear during the game against Harlequins earlier this month.

Having spent two years in England, Griffin will return to his home province and he is looking forward to reuniting with his former colleagues.

"I'm delighted to be coming home to Connacht Rugby. I've had a great time here with London Irish and I am committed to recovering from this injury so I can finish out the season well with them," he said.

"London Irish is definitely moving in the right direction and it wasn't an easy decision to leave but the opportunity to move home to Connacht was something I couldn't say no to. I'm a Connacht man born and bred, it's where my family and friends are and so it will always be home to me.

"It's also very exciting times at Connacht Rugby and I'm looking forward to settling back into the environment with Pat and the squad and pushing hard for a place in a high performing back line."

Tiernan O'Halloran has also committed his future to the province by signing a new two-year deal.

O'Halloran has made 87 appearances for Connacht and he is delighted to be staying at the Sportsground.

"It was an easy decision to sign up for another two years. Galway and Connacht is my home and I've played so much of my rugby here. I'm currently in my seventh season and probably the most enjoyable one from a personal point of view," O'Halloran said.

"It's a really exciting time to be involved in the team and I'm delighted that all the work put in to get back after disappointing injuries in the past has paid off. It was a huge honour to captain the side on a couple of occasions this season and I hope I can continue to do my part for the team going forward."

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