Joe Joyce excited to represent Galway roots with Connacht

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The Bristol Bears Joe Joyce has said that he is “very excited” to be joining Connacht, and the opportunity to represent his Galway roots.

Connacht Rugby announced that the 28 year old forward will be joining the province for the start of the 2023/24 season.

Joyce will first complete his 11th season with Bristol, where he has already made over 150 appearances, and had a distinguished and very popular career.

Head Coach Andy Friend said that they are thrilled that Joyce will be making the Sportsground his new home.

“Whilst we know his arrival is still 12 months away, we are already excited by the prospect of what he will bring to Connacht Rugby and his signing represents a key addition to the squad we are looking to build.”

“Joe is a big physical lock, with excellent athletic and footballing ability and so he is a great fit for how we want play.”

“Off the pitch Joe is also the type of player who understands the importance of community and I have no doubt he will make a positive impact in that area, something we as a club place a significant value on.”

In 2017/2018 Joyce was named the Bristol Bears Player of the Season, when he played a leading role in his hometown club’s promotion back to the top flight.

While Joyce has consistently been one of the Bears’ best performers over the last number of years, the 2021/22 season has arguably been his best yet.

Acting as Captain for parts of the campaign, Joyce’s huge contribution both on and off the pitch was recognised when he was named the club’s Forward of the Season, Team Man of the Season and Supporters’ Player of the Season.

The 28 year old is extremely proud of his heritage in the region. His grandparents hail hail from Clonbur here in Galway.

“After many years representing my hometown club I’m very excited about the opportunity to represent my Irish roots and my family name.”

“I’ve been to the West of Ireland and The Sportsground on many occasions to visit family and as a supporter, and I can’t wait to make an impact on and off the field in the province as a Connacht player and make my family proud.”

“After speaking to the coaches, Tim and Willie I’m very excited about the future of Connacht Rugby and can’t wait to be a part of it.”