Ireland-qualified Australian Mack Hansen has signed for Connacht ahead of the 2021-22 season.

The 23-year-old can play across the back three or as out-half, and has played a key role in the Brumbies' Super Rugby AU campaign this season, featuring in all eight games and scoring three tries.

Hansen, whose mother hails from Cork, represented the Australian U20s at the 2018 World Cup and was handed his full debut for the Brumbies in March 2019, coming off the bench in a win over the Waratahs.

He was named Super Rugby Player of the Round in Round 2 after scoring a hat-trick in their win over the Waratahs. He has made 11 clean breaks this season, putting him in 2nd place for most clean breaks by any player across both Super Rugby leagues, and sits in the top 10 for most metres carried.

The versatile back has signed a two-year deal and will link up with the squad for 2021/22 pre-season training later in the summer.

Mack Hansen has starred for the Brumbies this year

"Securing the signing of Mack Hansen is a real coup for Connacht Rugby," said head coach Andy Friend.

"I have been following his progress for a long time and he has all the attributes to become a really important player for us.

"As well as his playmaking abilities, he is a physically strong and tall player who can easily adapt to the demands of northern hemisphere rugby.

"His versatility and ability to play all across the back field as well as a number 10 is also a big plus for us."

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Hansen said that he is looking forward to joining up with the squad.

"I am delighted to be making this move and signing for Connacht Rugby," said Hansen.

"Obviously, I have strong family ties to Ireland, so that was an immediate positive for me, but after chatting to Andy I became really excited by both the brand of rugby that Connacht play, as well as the ambition of the club to succeed in the years ahead.

"I want to play my part in that, and I can’t wait to link up with the squad and get settled in the west of Ireland."

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