Following a successful tour with the Emerging Ireland squad in the summer, of which eight other Connacht players were included, new signing Ben Marshall arrived at the Sportsground in July for his debut season with the province.

Capped for an Ireland XV team that came up against the Barbarians in late May before going on to play against Italy, Uruguay and Georgia in the Tbsili Cup, 25-year-old Marshall had plenty of rugby played before he rocked up in Galway. A successful pre-season saw him earn his first cap in a Connacht jersey against Top 14 side Grenoble, the former Leinster lock touching down for a second half try on his Sportsground debut.

A week later and against Castres, he started in the second row alongside Danny Qualter and followed it up with another dominant display in the 28 – 12 win over Munster at Thomond Park last week.

In this video, we get to know more about our new signing as he prepares for a new season.

Pat Lam’s men will kick off the 2015/16 season with round 1 of the Guinness PRO12 at home to Newport Gwent Dragons next Friday September 4th. There’s still time to get your Season Ticket and to secure your ticket in the almost-full Clan Terrace for all 11 league and 3 European home games through the season.

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