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Connacht Have Signed Another New Zealander

Connacht Have Signed Another New Zealander
By PJ Browne Updated

Tom McCartney, Jake Heenan, George Naoupu, Miah Nikora, Bundee Aki, Mils Mulaina and now Nepia Fox Matamua. Connacht have added yet another New Zealander to their squad. And of course that list could also feature the Irish qualified Rodney Ah You and Nathan White.

23-year-old Fox Matamua will join up with his new Connacht teammates in June from ITM Cup side Auckland.

Connacht coach Pat Lam has worked with the player previously.

We’re delighted to be in a position to announce Nepia. With Willie (Faloon) returning to Ulster, another quality openside flanker was needed for next season’s squad.

I have worked with Nepia at Auckland. He is a great team man and having captained different sides in his young career, he also possesses excellent leadership qualities. Technically he is an out-and-out number seven with natural ball skills that have seen him excel in Sevens rugby as well. I know that he is the type of player and person that will fit in very well to the Connacht community.

The openside flanker has signed a two-year deal.

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