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New Connacht 10 Boshoff 'ready to go' for debut against Cardiff

‘He needs to get out and play a game,’ says head coach Pat Lam.

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SOUTH AFRICA OUT-HALF Marnitz Boshoff could be finally set to make his debut for Connacht on Friday evening.

The arrival of the 27-year old at the Sportsground was delayed as Boshoff helped the Golden Lions reach the semi-finals of the Currie Cup.

Boshoff, capped once by the Springboks off the bench against Scotland two years ago, was signed earlier this year by Pat Lam and could now finally make his bow against Cardiff Blues on Friday evening.

Boshoff arrived in the Sportsground a few weeks ago and Lam said that having been integrated into their system, he was now ready to go.

“Yeah, good chance,” said Lam when asked if the South African could feature at the Sportsground on Friday.

He has fitted in really well on and off the field. He is getting more and more confident, last week at training too, it was a really good pre-season week.

“We could do things that we don’t normally do in-season and he could get up to speed. There is a much better understanding so he has put himself in contention now.

“He is ready to go, knows the boys and knows the plays but he needs to get out and play a game too,” said Lam.

Lam wants Connacht to get some momentum into the defence of their Pro12 crown with successive home games coming up against Cardiff and Treviso and having won just two of their seven games so far, he knows they can’t slip any further if they want to be in contention come the end of the season.

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