Carr and Stringer on the move


Rugby:Connacht’s all-time leading try-scorer Fionn Carr will return to the province from Leinster at the beginning of next season.

The 27-year-old has made 33 appearances for Leinster since his move east in 2011 and has opted to return to The Sportsground having found consistent game-time hard to come by.

"I'm delighted to have re-signed for Connacht,” he said today. “I thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons there and I can't wait to get back to the club and continue to improve my game.

“I can see that there is fantastic work being done at Connacht both on and off the field. I'm really looking forward to being part of that again and contributing to the growing success over the next couple of seasons."

Connacht chief executive Tom Sears added: "Everyone at Connacht is delighted to be welcoming Fionn back to The Sportsground. He enjoyed huge success here in his first spell and we are confident he will hit those heights again and make a big impact next season"

"He is a proven try scorer with the ability to do something special and he will add more quality to the hugely talented back line we have. Fionn's recruitment is one of several key signings we anticipate making in the coming weeks and months."

Former Ireland scrumhalf Peter Stringer will join up with Bath on a short-term contract, while still remaining available for Munster if required in the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup.

Stringer (35) will remain with the English side for seven to eight weeks on a similar deal to the one that took him to Saracens and Newcastle in the past

Commenting on the news Munster coach Rob Penney said. "As things stand, the opportunity that Peter desires to play top level rugby consistently doesn’t present itself here in Munster. Cognisant of that desire we are happy to accommodate him and Bath Rugby's request and hope the arrangement proves mutually beneficial.

“A consummate professional is every aspect of his conduct, he makes the move with our very best wishes.”

Stringer has made just nine appearances for Munster this season, seven of those from the bench.

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