Connacht Rugby are delighted to confirm Matthew Burke and John Porch are the latest players to renew their contracts with the club.
Ballinrobe man Matthew Burke came through the Connacht pathway system, playing for Ballinrobe RFC and Galwegians RFC before joining the Connacht Academy and making his Pro debut in October 2018. He has played 34 times for the province.
Porch has been a mainstay in the squad since joining in the summer of 2019, already reach over half a century of caps and scoring 13 tries. Prior to joining the club he was a member of the Australia Sevens squad where he played under Andy Friend.
Burke has signed a two-year deal with Porch signing on for the 2022/23 season.
Connacht Rugby Head Coach Andy Friend says:
“I’m delighted that John and Matthew have both renewed their contracts with Connacht. They’re two players with very different backgrounds – John has been an important member of the squad since moving from Australia in 2019, and Matthew has gone from strength to strength since coming through the ranks as a Ballinrobe man.”
Further announcements on the squad for next season will be made in the coming days.


John Porch commits to Connacht with two-year contract extension