Connacht Sign Irish World Cup Star

Pre-Season Friendly 30/8/2013 Connacht  Head Coach Pat Lam Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Connacht Rugby have recruited USA international outhalf AJ MacGinty for the 2015/16 season.

MacGinty started three of the USA’s pool B fixtures in the Rugby World Cup and despite a winless campaign the 25-year-old kicked 25 points for the Eagles to bring his tally to 90 in eight international appearances.

The Dubliner moved to New York in 2012 where he played for NYAC before moving to Marietta, Georgia to pursue a Masters in Exercise and Sports Science later that year. In Georgia he played for Life University Men’s Club until gaining eligibility for the Eagles in February of 2015.

MacGinty earned his first call up to the Eagles for the Eagle Select’s tour of South America in April. His first cap came against Samoa in the opening round of the 2015 Pacific Nation’s Cup in which he played the full 80 minutes at outhalf, kicking 11 of his side’s 16 points.

The creative playmaker, at one time a scrum-half, played schools rugby with Blackrock College. He then moved into the club game with Blackrock RFC’s academy and also featured for Blackrock’s 1st XV.

MacGinty met with his new Connacht teammates at the Sportsground in Galway today and will join full training with the squad on Tuesday.

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