Connacht Rugby have completed a major coup by completing contract extensions for four major players.
Scrum-half Paul O’Donohoe and centre Kyle Tonetti have penned two year deals whilst scrum-half Dave Moore and lock Dave Gannon have signed one year contracts at the Sportsground. These key players’ decisions come as a welcome boost as Head Coach Eric Elwood looks to build for next season starting with this weekend’s inter-provincial clash with Munster.
Speaking about the signings Eric Elwood said: ”Competition for the scrum-half jersey has been fierce this season and that has brought out the best in the players so it’s great to have Paul and Dave Moore, along with Frank Murphy, competing in that position. Kyle has been outstanding for us in the centre in both attack and defence and Dave Gannon provides us with a range of options in the forwards, he has really shown his versatility playing in both the second-row and back-row so we’re delighted to have him on board as well.”
All four are experienced at a high level with O’Donohoe and Tonetti having won the Under 20 Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland back in 2007 and have been ever presents in the Connacht squad this season.
Tonetti joined the Sale Sharks from Leinster in 2010 but is clearly happy to have returned home to Ireland having won a number of personal awards including the player of the month gong this season.
Having found opportunities at Leinster limited; O’Donohoe joined Connacht at the start of the season and has been a feature in the starting line-up ever since. All four players have spoken of their satisfaction at extending their stay with Connacht Rugby.