Connacht have confirmed the signing of Irish qualified lock Joe Maksymiw from Leicester Tigers and hooker Jonny Murphy from Rotherham Titans.
Maksymiw is a product of the Leicester Tigers Academy and made his first senior appearance for the club against the Barbarians in 2014. This season he featured in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and made his Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup debuts for the club.
Maksymiw gained his first senior rugby experience with Leicester Lions at National League level. In the 2015/16 season he also played in the Championship for Doncaster where he spent a period on loan.
The 22-year-old was part of England under 18's tour to South Africa in 2014.
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Commenting on the capture, Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy said: "Joe is an exciting young player who we are looking forward to having in our squad next season. He is a big powerful lock who has progressed well at Leicester and he will be a good addition to Connacht."
Maksymiw added: "I am hugely excited about signing for Connacht and cannot wait to get over to the Sportsground and join up with the squad. I have really enjoyed my time with Leicester and would like to thank them for developing me as a player over the past few years.
"I know there is huge ambition within Connacht Rugby to bring further success to the province and I hope to contribute to that next season."
The province have also confirmed the capture of hooker Jonny Murphy from Rotherham Titans.
The 26-year-old has previously represented Ireland at Under 18, 19 and 20 levels.
Murphy came through the Ulster Academy before making his debut for the province in the 2016/17 season.
Following his signing, Murphy said: "I am relishing the challenge of joining Connacht and looking forward to joining the squad for pre-season training. There is huge competition at the moment for that number 2 jersey and I hope to add to that further."