Only seven players across the RaboDirect PRO12 competition played in all 22 rounds in the 2013/14 season and Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, Dan Parks and Rodney Ah You were amongst them. The trio featured in all 28 games, including 6 Heineken Cup fixtures, for the province.

Kieran Marmion, who this week was named in Joe Schmidt’s 30-man Ireland squad for the summer tour to Argentina, made his debut in September 2012 against Cardiff Blues while he was still part of the Connacht Academy. His debut season saw him start every game in the number 9 shirt which he only relinquished for two games this season under Head Coach Pat Lam. The talented back also played in the Ireland Wolfhounds 14-8 win away to the England Saxons in January and trained with the Six Nations Squad that Spring.

25-year-old prop Rodney Ah You had a phenomenal third season with Connacht, making 15 starts in the front row. The New Zealander qualified for Ireland in October last year and received a call up to the National Six Nations training squad four months later.

Ah You, who can play on either side of the scrum, signed a two-year contract extension which will see him remain at the province until at least June 2016.

Outhalf Dan Parks reached the half-century milestone of 50 caps when he came on against Ospreys in the final game at Liberty Stadium this month after featuring in every game this season. Despite only playing two years at the Sportsground, the former Scottish international made a huge impact at the club, most especially with the young Irish backs he helped nurture.

Kieran Marmion
Age: 22
56 caps
Connacht debut: v Cardiff Blues (the Sportsground), September 2012

2013/14
1809 minutes played
RaboDirect PRO12 – 20 starts; 2 sub appearances; 5 tries (Ospreys (H); Leinster (A); Zebre (A); Treviso (H); Scarlets (A))
Heineken Cup – 6 starts; 2 tries (Saracens (H); Toulouse (A))
Man of the Match: Saracens (H) and Toulouse (A)

Rodney Ah You
Age: 25
72 caps
Connacht debut: Leinster (RDS), January 2011

2013/14
1176 minutes played
RaboDirect PRO12 – 12 starts; 10 sub appearances; 2 tries (Zebre (A) and Newport Gwent Dragons (A))
Man of the Match: Zebre (A) March 2013
Heineken Cup – 3 starts; 3 sub appearances

Dan Parks
Age: 35
50 caps
Connacht debut: Leinster (the Sportsground), September 2012

2013/14
1425 minutes played
RaboDirect PRO12 – 14 starts; 8 sub appearances; 1 try (Ulster (H)); 101 points
Man of the Match: Treviso (H) March 2013
Heineken Cup – 5 starts; 1 sub appearance; 56 points
Man of the Match: Zebre (A) October 2012

 

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