Connacht Rugby confirms addition of JJ Hanrahan

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Connacht Rugby have announced the signing of out-half JJ Hanrahan from the Dragons.

Also able to play at centre and full-back, Hanrahan is an experienced player in the URC, English Premiership and French Top 14.

In seven years across two periods with Munster, the 30-year old scored 735 points across 141 appearances, becoming a central figure for the province until his departure in 2021.

In 2021 Hanrahan joined Clermont Auvergne, earning 27 caps across the Top 14 and Champions Cup, before a one-year spell at Dragons where he played 15 times.

Speaking about coming to Connacht, he said that the move back to Irish soil and the Sportsground was a very appealing opportunity.

“I’ve played Connacht numerous times in my career and every game was a hard-fought battle.”

“They’re a club with a huge team spirit and a never-say-die attitude and I’m looking forward to living those values with them, and contributing wherever I can. This is something that really excites me for the coming years ahead.”

“There’s massive potential in the squad as we’ve all seen over the last few weeks. Hopefully I can add some value from when I link up with them in preseason this summer, and give it my all to help the club reach the next level and compete for silverware.”

Connacht head coach Pete Wilkins added that they were thrilled to have JJ join the squad with the wealth of experience he brings.

“His record at Munster as well as Northampton, Clermont and Dragons speaks for itself, and that experience of consistently playing at the highest level in the URC and Champions Cup for so long will be a great asset for us.”

JJ Hanrahan is the final signing of nine incoming players joining Connacht for the coming season.

“We’re very excited about the squad we’ve assembled and what they can achieve next season,” Wilkins said.