Ireland international Caolin Blade is among five players who have signed new deals with Connacht.

Scrum-half Blade has joined centre Tom Farrell, full-back Oran McNulty, flanker Conor Oliver and hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin in extending their contracts with the Westerners,

"I'm really pleased that the five men have all agreed to continue their time here at Connacht," said head coach Andy Friend.

"They’re each at different stages of their careers.

"Caolin is a Connacht native who has come through the system to become a centurion, which is a testament to the type of player he is.

"Tom and Conor are heading into the prime of their careers and will keep getting better, and Oran and Dylan are still starting out on their journeys and will continue to develop and grow.

"We’re building something really positive at Connacht Rugby and today’s news reaffirms that for us. Our contracting is progressing very well and we’ll be making further announcements in the coming weeks."

Monivea native Blade has made 139 appearances for his home club since his debut in 2014.

Having previously been called up to a number of Ireland squads, the scrum-half then made his international debut against USA in 2021.

He has signed a one-year extension.

Farrell, who joined Connacht in January 2017, has penned a two-year deal and has played 67 times for the club, scoring 16 tries.

Oliver has made a big impact at the club since his arrival in the summer of 2020.

He has made 30 appearances so far, including starts in eight of Connacht's 10 games so far this season, earning plaudits for his performances at openside flanker.

He has also penned a two-year extension.

McNulty has also signed a two-year extension.

He first joined the Connacht Academy in 2018, having come through the Irish Exiles programme.

An Ireland Under-20 international, McNulty has played five times for the province and scored his first senior try against Ospreys last November.

Tierney-Martin is another product of the Connacht pathway system, having played his club & school rugby with The Bish and Galway Corinthians RFC.

The hooker has signed a one-year extension and made his senior away to Scarlets at the tail-end of last season’s Pro14.

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