Connacht Rugby signs Leicester’s Sean Jansen in two year deal

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Connacht Rugby have announced that Sean Jansen has signed a two year deal with the province, moving from the Leicester Tigers.

The 23 year old Number 8, who is originally from New Zealand, also qualified for Ireland through his grandparents who were born in Monasterevin and Belfast.

Sean said that he is excited to be moving to Connacht, and praised the dedication of the fans.

“The prospect of playing in the URC and in front of such a passionate fanbase is one that really appeals to me.”

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the people there, so I can’t wait to make the move over in the summer and do my bit to help the club succeed in the years ahead.”

Jansen has scored 5 tries for Leicester since joining in early 2022, and has made 3 appearances so far in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

He has featured 15 times for the club, predominately at number 8 but can also play across the back row.

Having grown up in New Zealand, Jansen attended Otago Boys High and played junior rugby with North Island RFC, representing North Otago.

In 2021, prior to joining the Leicester Tigers, he was named Otago’s Development Forward of the Year.

Commenting on the signing, Head Coach Pete Wilkins said that they had been tracking Sean career in provincial rugby back in New Zealand.

“The growth we have seen in his game since joining Leicester Tigers made it clear to us how much value he could add to our back row.”

“He brings enormous physicality in every game he plays. He carries and tackles hard, and his physical profile gives us something a bit different in that position.”

“I’m delighted that he has chosen to join us and we look forward to him making a big impact next season.”