Eric Elwood and his Connacht side received a timely boost with the news that Centre Kyle Tonetti, lock Dave Gannon and scrum-halves Paul O’Donohoe and Dave Moore have all agreed contract extensions that will see them stay at the Sportsground into next season and beyond.
Connacht, who face Munster this weekend, have enjoyed a somewhat up and down campaign thus far and Elwood is delighted to have secured the services of the four players on a long term basis.
“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.”
Speaking about the new deal Kyle Tonetti said “I’m delighted to commit to Connacht, the club is going from strength to strength and it is an exciting place to be at the moment. I’m happy to concentrate on the rugby now and having that bit of security is great.
“The work Eric and the management team are doing at the moment will mean we have a more settled side next season and I’m delighted to be a part of that.”
Paul O’Donohoe was equally happy saying “I’m really happy to be staying at Connacht, it’s been great to get the opportunity of regular game-time here and I will keep pushing for that starting spot. The next two years are going to be very exciting for Connacht Rugby and it’s great to know I’ll be involved for them.”