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Connacht sign exciting Australian Sevens wing

Head coach Andy Friend has previously worked with 25-year-old John Porch.

Porch scoring a try against Fiji at last year's World Seven Series.
Porch scoring a try against Fiji at last year's World Seven Series.
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CONNACHT HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of pacy Australian wing John Porch. 

The 25-year-old is a Sevens international who was pivotal in Australia’s qualification for the 2016 Olympics. 

He competed at the Rio Games and subsequently lined out in the 2017/18 World Sevens Series — scoring 28 tries during that competition. 

Connacht head coach Andy Friend knows the player well, having recruited him during his time as Australian Sevens head coach. 

“I am really excited about signing for Connacht,” Porch said. “I obviously know Andy from his time with the Australia Sevens programme and he recruited me and gave me my debut in 2015.

“The possibility of playing Champions Cup rugby in the Sportsground next season is an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down. I’m looking forward to getting over to Ireland now and linking up with the squad.”

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Friend added: “John Porch is a player that was identified as a prospect for the Australian Sevens squad in early 2016. I was extremely impressed by his performances in his first tournament and subsequently offered him a contract.

He was a hugely impressive player at sevens level, and I believe that he will suit the style of play and culture in Connacht as we prepare for the season ahead.

“Ahead of next season I am extremely happy with the depth of our squad. We have already announced the signing of Paddy McAllister, Tom Daly, Stephen Fitzgerald, Angus Lloyd and Rory Burke in addition to Paul Boyle, Conor Fitzgerald, Matthew Burke, Conor Kenny and Stephen Kerins who have graduated from our Academy this season.

“We have also had a huge focus on retaining our existing talent with contract renewals for many of our internationals and more senior players in the squad.”

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