Naoupu approaching 100-cap milestone

24 April 2015

Naoupu approaching 100-cap milestone
Connacht forward George Naoupu looks set to win his 100th cap for the province this weekend as Connacht welcome league leaders Glasgow to the Sportsground tomorrow afternoon (kick off 1:05pm).

The 31-year old, who is named amongst the replacements for tomorrow’s game, has played 99 times in six seasons for Connacht, touching down on nine occasions and has become a real fans' favourite at the Sportsground since his arrival here in 2010.

An exceptional ball carrier with a huge work rate, Naoupu has played 25 games in this season’s campaign and was voted the October Player of the Month by Connacht supporters.

Naoupu, who recently extended his contract to remain at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2016, will join the elite group of Connacht centurions Michael Swift, John Muldoon, Ronan Loughney, Andrew Browne, and Fionn Carr who have all represented Connacht over 100 times and are still playing for the province.

Commenting this week on the impending milestone, Naoupu said:

"To reach the 100-mark would be massive. Moving around from New Zealand to Japan to Connacht, it was something that I never thought I would do, but it is quite an honour and some achievement.

"I am pretty happy with how I'm playing at the moment. It has been a long season and we have seen guys swap in and swap back out and you have to be able to bring your performances through.

"I am happy to make an impact, anybody who had seen when I was involved last season it was pretty disappointing for me, but to come out this season and being able to play the way that I am and get amongst it is great."