Connacht flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua has been voted the Player of the Month award for October, in association with Hartmanns of Galway and Seiko Watches.

The 24-year-old New Zealander has certainly impressed supporters in his debut season at the Sportsground.  Selected to start in the back row in all seven PRO12 games this season, he holds the record of joint top try scorer, having touched down on three occasions.

Commenting on the Player of the Month, Team Manager Tim Allnutt said:

“Nepia has been fantastic for us this season. He came in during the summer and just fit into the culture straight away. I know Nepia really appreciates the fans who welcomed and supported him from the start and the fact that he has won this award so early in his Connacht career is something he should be very proud of.”

Richard Hartmann, Director of Hartmann Jewellers added:

 “I’d like to congratulate Nepia on his first Player of the Month Award. With nearly 50% of the votes, he is a very deserving winner after fantastic performances this season. He’s a really exciting player to watch and has added even more competition to the back row at Connacht Rugby.”

Hartmanns of Galway are the leading store in the west of Ireland stocking a huge array of the world’s top watch and Jewellery brands. They have been long-time supporters of Connacht Rugby.

Beyond this array of Premier Designers and watch brands you will find the largest collection of diamond engagement and wedding rings which their team will be delighted to present to you in the comfort of private viewing rooms. Find out more on


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