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Connacht snap up former Ulster winger from Edinburgh

After a year in Scotland, Rory Scholes is returning to Ireland to spend the 2017-18 season at the Sportsground.

Rory Scholes on the attack for Edinburgh against Connacht last season.
Rory Scholes on the attack for Edinburgh against Connacht last season.
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AS THEY CONTINUE preparations for their first season under new head coach Kieran Keane, Connacht have been boosted by the addition of Rory Scholes.

The province announced the signing of the former Ireland U20 winger this afternoon for the 2017-18 campaign.

Scholes, a 24-year-old native of Belfast who can also play at full-back, scored five tries in 26 appearances for Ulster before joining Edinburgh last season.

“I am delighted to be joining Connacht ahead of the new season, particularly with an exciting new coaching team in place,” said Scholes, who played 11 times for Edinburgh in 2016-17.

“I am looking forward to running out in the Sportsground and playing my part in what will hopefully be a successful season for the province.”

Scholes had signed a two-year deal with Edinburgh last summer, but with the Scottish side undergoing a revamp following the arrival of new boss Richard Cockerill, his premature departure from Myreside was announced a fortnight ago.

Connacht assistant coach Nigel Carolan said: “We are delighted to have Rory Scholes on board for the coming season. Rory is an exciting player and he will add further quality to our squad for the season ahead.”

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