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Connacht tie down three more players in Tiernan O'Halloran, Miah Nikora and Jack Carty

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 11:02 | Comments

Tiernan O'Halloran has committed to Connacht for the next two years
Tiernan O'Halloran has committed to Connacht for the next two years

Connacht have confirmed Irish-qualified backs Tiernan O'Halloran, Miah Nikora and Jack Carty have signed new contracts.

O'Halloran has penned a two-year deal with his home province.

Starting on the wing in the win against Edinburgh at the weekend, he marked his 61st Connacht cap since making his debut against the Scarlets in the 2009/10 season.

He has represented Ireland at Under-18, U-19 and U-20 level and last summer travelled with the Emerging Ireland squad to play in the IRB Tbilisi Cup.

Outside half Nikora has agreed terms on a new one-year contract to remain at the Sportsground.

The New Zealand born 28-year-old joined Connacht in 2009 and has clocked up 66 appearances for the province.

A shoulder injury in the summer has kept Nikora out of action this season but the veteran returned to start for the Connacht Eagles this month.

Carty, 21, will graduate from the Connacht Academy to a one-year professional contract next season. He earned his first start against Leinster in early January. A week later, he played his first Heineken Cup game against Italian side Zebre.

Head Coach Pat Lam said: "We are very pleased that Tiernan, Miah and Jack will all be with us next season and all have a significant role to play.

"Miah has endured a tough year with injury but will be desperate to make up for lost time.

"Tiernan and Jack are both proud Connacht-born players and testament to the young talent we have here.

"Both have shown that they have what it takes to make a real contribution to the squad and they will no doubt build on the good work done this season."

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