Muldoon to lead Connacht again in 2014/2015 season

Leinster sign New Zealand-born Samoan rugby league international Ben Te’o

John Muldoon: “It’s a huge honour to captain my home province”. Photograph: Inpho

John Muldoon: “It’s a huge honour to captain my home province”. Photograph: Inpho

 

John Muldoon, capped 222 times by his native province, is to resume captaincy of Connacht which he held from 2009 to 2011 for the forthcoming season.

The 31-year-old from Portumna joined the Connacht set up in 2001, making debut against Munster at Thomond Park in 2004, and recently signed a two-year contract to the summer of 2016.

“It’s a huge honour to captain my home province,” he said.

“It’s been three years since I was last captain and a lot has changed since then so I’m thrilled to have been asked again. I’m excited about leading a great squad in what is a new and challenging season for us.”

Meanwhile, Leinster have increased their options in midfield by signing the New Zealand-born, Samoan rugby league international Ben Te’o from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, owned by Russell Crowe. The 27-year-old has played rugby union in the past and made three appearances off the bench for Queensland in the 2013 State of Origin.

will join once his season with the Rabbitohs concludes. “This is a great step for me personally and is just the type of challenge that I was looking for at this stage in my career,” he said.

Leinster Coach Matt O’Connor said he had been interested in Te’o for some time. “He is a dynamic and explosive ball carrier and that physicality will enhance our offering both in attack and in our defence . . . I think the Leinster supporters are going to like what they see.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.