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Connacht boosted by over €1 million in extra funding from IRFU

The western province are set to improve their strength and conditioning facilities and have appointed Paul Bunce as their new head of fitness.

Bunce while working for Bath in 2011.
Bunce while working for Bath in 2011.
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CONNACHT HAVE BEEN granted additional funding ‘in excess of’ one million euro by the IRFU for the coming season.

With the budget for playing personnel remaining static for next season, the majority of this funding is apparently being ear-marked for the improvement of strength and conditioning facilities at the province.

The first port of call for moving the S&C department on is the appointment of Paul Bunce as head of fitness.

Bunce will take over the position from Tom McLaughlin ahead of pre-season having previously worked with Bath, Newport-Gwent Dragons and, most recently, the Scottish Sevens squad.

“It’s an exciting time for Connacht Rugby with the increased investment and support from the IRFU to improve our rugby programme,” head coach Pat Lam said in the statement released today.

“Capturing someone of Paul’s considerable experience is in line with our vision and where we want to take Connacht Rugby.”

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