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Connacht sign Ulster duo as Naoupu returns

Updated: Friday, 07 Jan 2011 17:09

Ulster's Niall O'Connor (right) will wear the green of Connacht next season
Ulster's Niall O'Connor (right) will wear the green of Connacht next season

Connacht have completed the signings Ulster duo Niall O’Connor and Mark McCrea along with the re-signing of former favourite George Naoupu from Japan.

Out-half O’Connor, who played over 50 times for Ulster, and McCrea, who plays on the wing and played 25 times for the northern province will both join on a two-year contract at the end of the season.

And Naoupu will return to the Sportsground for the 2011/2012 season.

The 6’5, 115kg 27-year-old backrow joined Connacht in 2009 before moving to the Kobe Steelers in Japan last season.

He appeared 14 times in his six-month spell at Connacht, including scoring a try in the famous victory over Bourgoin in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final last season.

Naoupu, who has represented New Zealand Schools, U19, Colts and 7’s, will rejoin Connacht on a two-year contract.