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Connacht Pull Off 'Real Coup' By Signing Irish-Qualified Aussie

Connacht Pull Off 'Real Coup' By Signing Irish-Qualified Aussie

Connacht have confirmed the signing of Mack Hansen from Australian side Brumbies on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old Australian-born back qualifies to play for Ireland through his mother who is from Cork.

Hansen can play across the back three and also at out-half. He's played in all eight of the Brumbies' Super Rugby AU games this season, scoring three tries.

After coming through the Brumbies ranks, Hansen signed a pro deal in 2018. He has represented Australia at U20 level.

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"Securing the signing of Mack Hansen is a real coup for Connacht Rugby," said Connacht head coach Andy Friend.

"I have been following his progress for a long time and he has all the attributes to become a really important player for us. As well as his playmaking abilities, he is a physically strong and tall player who can easily adapt to the demands of northern hemisphere rugby.

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"His versatility and ability to play all across the back field as well as a number 10 is also a big plus for us. I’m looking forward to welcoming him to The Sportsground and integrating him into our playing squad over the summer."

Hansen will link up with Connacht this summer ahead of the 2021/22 season.

"I am delighted to be making this move and signing for Connacht Rugby," said Hansen.

"Obviously, I have strong family ties to Ireland, so that was an immediate positive for me, but after chatting to Andy I became really excited by both the brand of rugby that Connacht play, as well as the ambition of the club to succeed in the years ahead.

"I want to play my part in that, and I can’t wait to link up with the squad and get settled in the West of Ireland."

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