Connacht Rugby have announced their latest addition to the squad with the signing of New Zealander Shamus Hurley-Langton from the Manawatu Turbos.
The 21 year old, born in Taranki on New Zealand’s North Island, has made 18 appearances for Manawatu across the Mitre 10 Cup and NPC in the last two years.
He earned significant plaudits for his performances with the New Zealand outfit and was named Rookie of the Year for 2020, leading to him being named in the Hurricanes’ wider training group.
A versatile player, he has mostly filled the number 8 role over the past two years, but also has experience on both flank positions.
Head Coach Andy Friend said that Connacht have been following Shamus for some time now, and that his arrival is a major plus for the club.
“He’s extremely powerful and offers us something a bit different to our other back row options next season.”
“He’s still only 21 so has the potential to get even better, so we’re really looking forward to integrating him into the group and seeing what he can produce.”
For his part, Shamus said that he’s excited to move to Connacht after conversations with Andy and the coaching team, where they spoke about what he had to offer at the club.
“Connacht play a very attractive brand of rugby and the idea of relocating to the West of Ireland was one that appealed to me.”
“I can’t wait to get settled, meet my new teammates and see what it’s in store for the future.”