Connacht backs Tiernan O’Halloran and Kieran Marmion become the latest players to win a 100th cap for the province when they run out at the Sportsground today against league leaders and defending champions Glasgow Warriors.

25-year-old O’Halloran is in his seventh season at Connacht Rugby and recently signed a two-year contract to extend his stay with his native province. The Clifden man, who reached a half century of senior appearances by the time he was 21 has enjoyed a relatively injury-free season to see him start 24 games from the back three this season and touch down for five tries. Of the 18 tries he’s scored in his career, he will go down in the record books as the first Connacht player to score in the club’s inaugural campaign in the 2011/12 Heineken Cup back when he crossed the line away to Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.

Commenting this week, he said:

“I’m very proud to get 100, having missed out on the last couple of years, but it’s a great honour for me being from Galway, something my family and friends will also be proud of.”

Marmion, 24, has raced to the 100-cap milestone in just four seasons. While still in the Academy, the scrum half who came through the Irish Exiles system, started the opening game of the 2012/13 season and incredibly went on to start all 28 games in the number 9 shirt during that campaign. Marmion, who is also signed up until at least the summer of 2018, earned his international debut against Argentina in the summer of 2014 and made his 6 Nations debut this year against Italy.

 

 

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