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Connacht make double prop swoop

Updated: Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 17:01

Eric Elwood has signed South African Dylan Rogers and New Zealander Rodney Ah You
Eric Elwood has signed South African Dylan Rogers and New Zealander Rodney Ah You

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has moved to strengthen his squad by signing South African Dylan Rogers and New Zealander Rodney Ah You.

Rogers played with the University of Cape Town before being called up to the Griqualand West side in the Vodacom Cup this season whilst Ah You, who has been capped by New Zealand at U19 and U20 joins Connacht from Canterbury (NPC).

Both props can play on either side of the scrum giving Elwood plenty of options up front and are a welcome addition with Robbie Morris sidelined through injury.

'We're delighted to have the two guys on board' said Elwood. 'They offer us options to mix our team up a bit, the inclusion of the Italian teams in this year's Magners League means an extra 25% games and with the Amlin Challenge Cup as well it is important to be able to give guys a rest and rotate the squad.

'We are also very happy to be able to give these young promising rugby players a chance to prove their worth on the big stage.

'Connacht have always offered opportunities for players to hold their hand up and rise to the challenge, these guys are big mobile forwards and we feel they will fit into our setup very well.'

Meanwhile Elwood has included recent signing Barry Fa'amausili in his squad to face Benetton Treviso in the Magners League on Saturday.

Fa'amausili join centurion Brett Wilkinson in a blend of experience and youth.

Academy graduates Dermot Murphy and Ronan Loughney, along with Adrian Flavin and Jamie Hagan make up the front row while Cillian Willis, Frank Murphy, Miah Nikora and Ian Keatley make up the half backs.

Connacht squad to play Benteon Treviso in the Magners League at Sadio Monigo on Saturday 30 October:

Forwards: Adrian Flavin, Barry Fa’amausilli, Bernie Upton, Brett Wilkinson, Dermot Murphy, Ezra Taylor, Jamie Hagan, John Muldoon, Johnny O’Connor, Michael McCarthy, Michael Swift, Ronan Loughney, Ray Ofisa

Backs: Cillian Willis, Darragh Fanning, Fionn Carr, Frank Murphy, Gavin Duffy, Ian Keatley, Keith Matthews, Miah Nikora, Niva Ta’auso, Troy Nathan