Connacht Poach Promising Academy Star From Leinster

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It’s Connacht’s turn to snatch some talent from under the noses of a rival province.

Leinster academy full-back Cian Kelleher has reportedly turned down an offer of a development contract with his home province Leinster, and will be joining Connacht on a full contract, according to Brendan Fanning.


Kelleher is a hugely promising talent and it appears Leinster are devastated he decided on the switch west. A Leinster spokesman has also told the Sunday Independent that they aren’t happy with how this move came about:

He had already agreed a development contract with us, and all the protocols were broken here. I’m sure that he’ll do very well with Connacht – and we wish him well – but we’re unhappy at the way this was done.

Regardless, it’s a huge coup for Connacht.

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