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There Will Be An Irish International Playing Super Rugby Next Season

Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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Jamie Hagan Rebels

It's not a route taken all that often, but Ireland are about to double their representatives in Super Rugby next season. After Sexton joined the Melbourne Rebels in 2014, it looks like he'll be joined by a familiar face.

The newest Australian franchise have announced the signing of Irish international tighthead Jamie Hagan on a two-year deal. The tighthead recently signed a three-month deal at Leinster to provide cover during the World Cup. It will be the second such loan move since the prop moved from Leinster to London Irish two season ago.


Hagan will be joined by new Rebels signings New Zealand World Cup winner Adam Thomson, and Blues lock Culum Retallick.

Former Munster head coach Tony McGahan is excited about the potential of 28-year-old Hagan, who will be replacing promising Australian prop Paul Alo-Emile who is departing for France:

To be able to bring a front row player into the team with 100 caps at the professional level is a real positive for the improvement of the squad going forward into the 2016 season.

Jamie is a quality player and he has added to every environment he has been a part of.

Jamie's playing experience in European rugby, where the set piece is crucial, will bring a varied approach to the Rebels' forward play and likewise he will find a different challenge for himself in Super Rugby.

Hagan will be just the second Irish-born International to play Super Rugby since Munster's Peter Clohessy.


See Also: We Talked To The First Irish-Born International To Play Super Rugby

Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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