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Michael Swift and Mata Fifita extend Connacht contracts

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 08:49 | Comments

Mata Fifita joined Connacht from Sligo RFC
Mata Fifita joined Connacht from Sligo RFC

Michael Swift and Mata Fifita have signed contract extensions with the IRFU that will see them play another year with Connacht.

Swift, Connacht’s longest serving player, has chalked up an impressive 262 caps for the province and also holds the Celtic League record with 180 appearances. This will be the lock’s 15th season with the province.

Also playing at the Sportsground next season will be backrow forward Mata Fifita. This will be the third Connacht season for the 25-year-old Tongan who was picked straight from AIL club side Sligo RFC in 2011.

Despite some season-disrupting injuries, Fifita has played 15 games for Connacht, including three Heineken Cup appearances, and also had a significant involvement with the Eagles' side in both season's British & Irish Cup.

"I'm excited about finishing off this current season on a high and being part of another Connacht squad going forward" - Michael Swift

Commenting on Swift, coach head coach Pat Lam said: "Swifty continues to defy the years and prove himself as a true Connacht man.

"His work ethic, passion and commitment to Connacht Rugby is inspirational to the management, players, sponsors and supporters.

"When myself and Dan (McFarland) sat down with him recently, it was evident how much he wants this contract.

"He is still so hungry to play and we know that he will continue to push hard in training and fight for a place while also leading the squad.

"Swifty is, and always will be, a fantastic ambassador for this club."

Swift added: "I'm delighted to have another year of rugby with Connacht to look forward to.

"Every year there are progressive changes happening at the club. I think there is something special happening here at the moment so I just want to be part of it for as long as possible.

“I'm excited about finishing off this current season on a high and being part of another Connacht squad going forward."

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