Connacht today made a significant signing and landed a major coup with the capture of rugby league legend Henry Fa’afili. The news will be another boost for Connacht supporters coming just a few short weeks after the province was pooled with the mighty Toulouse in their debut season in the Heineken Cup.
Fa’afili will bring a fearsome reputation with him when he links up with the province. He scored more than 400 points in 7 years of rugby league playing with the New Zealand Warriors and Warrington Wolves. In 2007, while playing for the Wolves, he was the Super League’s top try scorer with 22 try’s in 29 games.
Not only will he bring his amazing try scoring abilities to Connacht he will also bring blistering pace and ferocious ball carrying ability, coupled with some slick offloading that will surely make him a hit with fans at the Sportsground.
Fa’afili changed codes to play rugby union for Biarritz in 2007 alongside French legends Damien Traille, Dmitri Yachvili and Italian centre Andrea Masi and following a successful season in the South of France joined Aviva Premiership side Leeds Carnegie.
Speaking today and confirming the news Fa’afili said ““I’m really looking forward to joining Connacht in what is a very exciting time for both myself and the club. I’ve always wanted to experience the RaboDirect PRO12 and with Connacht in the Heineken Cup next year it’s a great opportunity for me.
I spoke to Mike Forshaw (Connacht’s Defence Coach) who I know from my rugby league days and he explained what Connacht were about and the great work that is going on there so I’m very excited about the move. Galway is a great city and myself and my fiancée are really looking forward to living there.
Equally delighted was Connacht head coach Eric Elwood ““Henry is a quality player with a proven track record with both Biarritz and Leeds and we will use Henry’s experience and power to compliment the youth and raw talent of our backs. He is a dynamic ball carrier with exceptional skill, strength and pace and we look forward to working with him, along with our other new signings, in the coming weeks.”