11 April 2024

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Hugh Gavin signs professional contract with Connacht

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Hugh Gavin signs professional contract with Connacht

Promising centre Hugh Gavin has become the latest Connacht Academy player to sign a professional contract with the club. Gavin made headlines earlier this year with his performances for Ireland in the 2024 U20 Six Nations, where he was named Player of the Match in the squad’s opening-round win away to France. This came on the back of his involvement on the 2023 U20 Grand Slam winning team and as a finalist in the U20 World Rugby Cup. The 20-year-old Galway native plays his club rugby at Galwegians RFC and represented Coláiste Iognáid at school level.

Connacht Head Coach Pete Wilkins: “We’re incredibly excited by Hugh’s potential. During his age-grade rugby we have seen him develop into an incredibly physical and well-rounded centre, and he will be a great asset to our senior professional squad. We have all seen that talent on display in Ireland’s last two U20 Six Nations campaigns, and I want to congratulate Eric and our Academy coaches, as well as Hugh’s coaches at Galwegians and The Jes, for the role they played in his development.”

Commenting on the wider Academy integration this year, Wilkins added: “This year we introduced a new approach with the Academy department on how we grow our up-and-coming talent. By increasing the integration between both setups, all of our Academy players have trained alongside our Pro squad and kept to a similar weekly schedule. The benefits have been enormous, not only for the Academy players in exposing them to a Professional environment but also for both sets of coaches and management to work so closely together. Today’s news of Matthew and Hugh moving to Pro contracts next season was helped massively by how we’ve approached the last year, and it will always be a major aim of Connacht’s to continue developing our homegrown players.”

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