Connacht Rugby can announce that so far a 15-player squad has been assembled for this season's Connacht Academy.
There are five Year 1 additions, including Grand Slam winners and World Cup Finalists with the Irish U20’s Fiachna Barrett and James Nicholson.
Also joining the Year 1 ranks is centre Finn Treacy, hooker Matthew Victory and out-half Sean Naughton.
Moving up to Year 2 are three men who were part of the Irish U20 side to win this years Six Nations and reach the U20 World Cup Final, Ballina man Harry West, Hugh Gavin from Salthill and John Devine from Ballinasloe.
Joining them in Year 2 is Chay Mullins, Daniel Hawkshaw, Matthew Devine, Oisin Michel and Shane Mallon.
Completing the squad so far are Year 3 players, prop Charlie Ward and winger Josh O’Connor.
Further players may be added as the season progresses.
Eric Elwood Connacht Rugby academy manager:
“On behalf of Connacht Rugby I would like to congratulate and welcome our new Year 1 academy players.
“We are all very much looking forward to working with them and I have no doubt they will add great value to the group”
CONNACHT RUGBY ACADEMY SQUAD 2023/24:
Fiachna Barrett – Prop
Finn Treacy – Centre
James Nicholson – Back Three
Sean Naughton – Out-Half
Matthew Victory - Hooker
Chay Mullins – Back Three
Matthew Devine - Scrum-Half
John Devine - Centre
Daniel Hawkshaw - Centre
Shane Mallon - Centre
Oisin Michel - Prop
Harry West - Out-Half
Hugh Gavin - Centre
Josh O’Connor – Back Three
Charlie Ward - Prop