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Postby Dave Cahill » July 11th, 2017, 12:50 pm

New season, new signings...

We are delighted to announce the signing of 25-year-old back-row forward Jarrad Butler as he joins Connacht Rugby on a three-year deal.
With 70 Super Rugby appearances to his name, New Zealand-born Butler is currently in his fourth season with the Brumbies in Australia and can play in all three positions across the back row.
Butler has been one of the Brumbies’ most consistent performers since a breakout 2014 Super Rugby season which saw him receive the club’s highest on-field honour, the Brett Robinson Players’ Player of the Year award.
Having moved to Australia from his native Wellington at the age of 13, Butler was identified as a potential professional while on a scholarship at renowned rugby nursery The Southport School in Queensland. He went on to represent Australia at every age-grade level including Schoolboys, U19s and U20s.
He made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds as a 20-year-old against the Highlanders in 2012 and moved to the Brumbies in 2014, where his first season thrust him into the spotlight as one of the leading back-row forwards in Australian rugby.
Butler’s leadership qualities have also been recognised and he captained the Canberra Vikings in the inaugural NRC (National Rugby Championship) in 2014, leading his side to the final. The competition’s top try-scorer, Butler was also voted the NRC Player of the Year.
After a strong 2015 season, Butler was recognised by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika who selected him to play for the Barbarians in England and praised him as an “aggressive” and “hard-working” back-rower who was “going fantastic for the Brumbies”.
Commenting on the latest player signing, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said:
“We are delighted to be signing someone of Jarrad’s rugby ability and believe he will be a big addition to our squad.
“As a back-rower who is equally adept in all three positions, he brings a huge amount of versatility to the team. He is an extremely talented player who has been on the Wallabies’ radar for some time.
“At a young age, Jarrad has already gained a great deal of experience as a leader in a highly professional environment and we look forward to welcoming him to Connacht Rugby at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.”
Speaking of the move, Butler said:
“I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to join Connacht.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Brumbies, however this new set of challenges on the other side of the world is something that I can’t wait to embrace.
“I look forward to being part of this proud club, meeting the supportive fans and community, and most importantly doing everything I can to help Connacht be successful.”
Butler is the seventh new addition to the Connacht senior squad this summer following the arrivals of scrum-half James Mitchell, prop Peter McCabe and second row Gavin Thornbury along with Academy graduates Conor McKeon (scrum-half), Cormac Brennan (utility back) and Pat O’Toole (hooker).
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Re: Connacht 2017 - 2018

Postby sunshiner1 » July 11th, 2017, 3:41 pm

I wonder with a name with Butler if he is IQ? I'd doubt it as they didn't say it but who knows.
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Re: Connacht 2017 - 2018

Postby simonokeeffe » July 11th, 2017, 4:13 pm

sunshiner1 wrote:I wonder with a name with Butler if he is IQ? I'd doubt it as they didn't say it but who knows.


dont think so, moved to Aus from NZ as a kid apparently

Connacht up to 3 NIQs now, 2 of which are projects
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Postby neill_m » July 11th, 2017, 5:16 pm

The NIQ/PP rules seem more flexible these days.

Last chance to sign project players before the residency period goes to 5 years.


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Postby simonokeeffe » July 11th, 2017, 9:00 pm

neill_m wrote:The NIQ/PP rules seem more flexible these days.

Last chance to sign project players before the residency period goes to 5 years.


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Maybe for Munster ;-)
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Postby jimbobjoe » July 11th, 2017, 10:43 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:
neill_m wrote:The NIQ/PP rules seem more flexible these days.

Last chance to sign project players before the residency period goes to 5 years.


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Maybe for Munster ;-)


If only there were still some Munster fans on here to bite on that :lol:
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Postby RAILWAY1 » July 11th, 2017, 11:43 pm

Poor effort at a wind up
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Re: Connacht 2017 - 2018

Postby simonokeeffe » July 12th, 2017, 10:36 am

Excluding those qualifying in October Ulster and Leinster are on 4 NIQs, Connacht 3 but Munster are on 6. Connacht especially were denied NIQ medical jokers last season
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Postby neill_m » July 12th, 2017, 12:22 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:Excluding those qualifying in October Ulster and Leinster are on 4 NIQs, Connacht 3 but Munster are on 6. Connacht especially were denied NIQ medical jokers last season


I make it 5 for Munster (Marshall, Kleyn, Grobler, Cloete and Taute). Who is no 6 out of interest?
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Postby simonokeeffe » July 12th, 2017, 12:50 pm

neill_m wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:Excluding those qualifying in October Ulster and Leinster are on 4 NIQs, Connacht 3 but Munster are on 6. Connacht especially were denied NIQ medical jokers last season


I make it 5 for Munster (Marshall, Kleyn, Grobler, Cloete and Taute). Who is no 6 out of interest?


Its a pedantic 6
TB qualifies in the new year
So 5 1/2
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Postby scentofgunpowder » July 13th, 2017, 10:58 am

simonokeeffe wrote:Excluding those qualifying in October Ulster and Leinster are on 4 NIQs, Connacht 3 but Munster are on 6. Connacht especially were denied NIQ medical jokers last season


Boshoff posted a video of himself kicking in the Sportsground on Instagram today, looks like he's staying.

Edit: Never mind, looks like an old video.
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Re: Connacht 2017 - 2018

Postby porterbelly » July 21st, 2017, 12:40 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:
sunshiner1 wrote:I wonder with a name with Butler if he is IQ? I'd doubt it as they didn't say it but who knows.


dont think so, moved to Aus from NZ as a kid apparently

Connacht up to 3 NIQs now, 2 of which are projects


Nope, just the 2 NIQ's. Heenan is qualified, Fox Matamua was released.

And we've only 3 NIQ's on the books, 2 back rows and Stacey Ili which is less than all the other provinces
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Postby LeRouxIsPHat » July 21st, 2017, 1:34 pm

Wonder if we'll see much of Kerins this year. He really did look great for the 20s.
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Postby mildlyinterested » July 21st, 2017, 2:16 pm

apparently they are signing another niq backrow.
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Postby scentofgunpowder » July 21st, 2017, 2:43 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:Wonder if we'll see much of Kerins this year. He really did look great for the 20s.


Mitchell, Blade, and McKeon are probably all ahead of him unfortunately. He's not going to develop much playing AIL 2A and with our shambles of an A team.

Harley Fox is the mooted backrow, that'd be 3 NIQ backrows which would be a bit strange.
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Postby sunshiner1 » July 24th, 2017, 4:38 pm

Harley Fox is the mooted backrow, that'd be 3 NIQ backrows which would be a bit strange.


Agreed. Seems an odd choice but he looks like a big guy. Hope it works out for him and Connacht

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Postby johng » July 24th, 2017, 5:20 pm

6'1" and 18 stone. That's a big lad ok.

Convert him to hooker then?
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Postby simonokeeffe » July 24th, 2017, 8:18 pm

Looking at his pic he looks like Dennis Buckley with a tan so front row could work

Either way, he is not sexy enough to pull off that name
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Postby sunshiner1 » July 25th, 2017, 6:06 am

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6'1" and 18 stone. That's a big lad ok.

Convert him to hooker then?


Connacht are already well stocked at Hooker so they don't need to do that. He is a big guy and could be a ball carrier for them like Stander is for Munster, but it still strikes me as an odd signing unless they are looking to phase out Muldoon who is meant to be retiring next year.
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Postby scentofgunpowder » July 25th, 2017, 10:12 am

Former Australia u20 Andrew Deegan replacing Boshoff apparently.

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