Connacht have announced a quartet of new signings today, strengthening their squad ahead of the 2020/21 season by landing two Munster players and two from Leinster.
Munster duo Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver, and Leinster pair Jack Aungier and Oisin Dowling will become Connacht Rugby players from 1 August, with Dowling and Aungier penning two-year deals.
Irish international Arnold has made 44 appearances for Munster since joining the province from Ulster in 2016, scoring 8 tries in the process, while Oliver has featured 28 times for Munster since making his debut in February 2016.
Oliver and Arnold both featured for Ireland in the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship, who were then coached by current Connacht Attack Coach Nigel Carolan.
Aungier made his Leinster senior debut last November and has gone on to make 5 appearances for the side in the current campaign, while 6'5’’ lock Dowling arrives from the Leinster Academy having played 6 times for the senior squad in the past two seasons.
Head Coach Andy Friend says all four players can make significant contributions to the squad ahead of the new season.
He said "In Sammy, Conor, Oisin and Jack we have secured the signings of four very talented and promising young Irish rugby players. They each have unique skillsets which will enhance our squad for next season and beyond, and will allow us to continue to grow as a program.
"We're all looking forward to welcoming them to The Sportsground and integrating them into our playing squad."
Elsewhere, Munster have announced the signing of tighthead prop Roman Salanoa from Leinster on a two-year deal.
Hawaiian Salanoa represented the USA U20s as an 18-year-old in 2016 and made the move to Dublin in 2017. He progressed into the Leinster Academy in 2018, and the 22-year-old made three Pro14 appearances this season.