Connacht sign Leinster back Josh Murphy for two years

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Connacht Rugby have made an exciting acquisition from Leinster with the announcement of the signing of Josh Murphy on a two year deal.

The 26-year old, who can play in the back row or second row, has made 52 appearances for Leinster, including starting in two pool games in this year’s Heineken Champions Cup.

Murphy has also been capped at Ireland U20 level, and will give Andy Friend’s side further depth across a number of positions heading into next season.

As to the decision to head west, Josh Murphy said that he is looking for a “new environment” to be a part of at this point, and is looking forward to coming to the Sportsground next summer.

“And hopefully try and put my hand up to get out on the pitch every week,” Murphy adds, “Playing matches regularly is what I love about this sport.”

He said that Connacht Head Coach and his team are “building something special”, which comes out in the team’s style of play.

For his part, Andy Friend said that Murphy’s arrival will be a further boost for the club, saying that he has “all the attributes” to be an important player for the next two years.

“Physically he’s very strong on and off the ball and coupled with an excellent skill set he is a player that very much suits our playing style.

“We’re delighted he’s chosen to come to Connacht and help add to the excellent squad we are already building here.”