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Andy Friend Signs New Deal To Stay On As Connacht Head Coach

Andy Friend Signs New Deal To Stay On As Connacht Head Coach

Andy Friend has signed a new two-year deal which will see him remain as Connacht head coach until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The Australian took over as head coach in the summer of 2018 and has secured back-to-back Champions Cup qualifications for Connacht. The province are currently second in Conference B of the Pro14.

"Ever since my wife and I moved to the West of Ireland I have been blown away by both the welcome we have received from the people here, as well as the pride they have for their province and for Connacht Rugby," said Friend.

"It has been a really enjoyable time for both of us and it was an easy decision to commit to a further two years.

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"There’s a hugely exciting few years ahead for Connacht, both on the field with the squad we have and off the field with the redevelopment of The Sportsground. I want to play my part in the next stage of this journey and I will do all I can to build on the progress we have made to-date and ensure we deliver on the real potential that exists within this group."

Photo by Gareth Everett/Sportsfile

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