Ferbane man Conor Kenny has joined Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal from Connacht.
The 24-year-old tight-head made 11 first-team appearances for the province and represented Ireland at Under-18s, 19s and 20s levels.
“I’m really excited about coming over,” Kenny told the Newcastle Falcons club website.
He is looking forward to linking up with his new teammates for pre-season.
Kenny started playing rugby when he was 10 or 11 and lined out for Buccaneers as well as at age-grade with Connacht.
He said it has "been a long journey, but everything appears to be going in an upward direction now.”
Falcons boss Richards said: “Conor is a very promising tight-head who will add to the competition we have in our front-row.
“We look forward to his arrival, and I’m confident he can show up well at this level.”
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