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Connacht sign Irish-qualified Australian youngster Mack Hansen


Connacht have announced the signing of Brumbies back-three player Mack Hansen on a two-year deal.

Hansen, who first played for the Brumbies in 2019, has played for the Australian U20s team but is also eligible to play for Ireland thanks to his mother, who is originally from Cork.

The 23-year-old has started in five of the Brumbies eight Super Rugby AU games this season and has scored three tries for the Canberra-based side.

All three of those tries came against the Waratahs in the Brumbies second game of the season, and Hansen was named as the Super Rugby AU player of the round for his performance.

‘His versatility is a big plus for us.’

Connacht head coach Andy Friend has described the signing of Hansen as a “coup” for the western province, while praising the youngster’s versatility.

“Securing the signing of Mack Hansen is a real coup for Connacht Rugby. I have been following his progress for a long time and he has all the attributes to become a really important player for us,” Friend said.

“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.”

Hansen, who would be available for selection to Ireland head coach Andy Farrell as soon as he arrives in Galway, cited his strong family ties to the country and Connacht’s ambition as the two major deciding factors in his move.

“I am delighted to be making this move and signing for Connacht Rugby. Obviously, I have strong family ties to Ireland, so that was an immediate positive for me,” Hansen explained.

“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.”

Hansen will join up with Connacht ahead of the 2021/22 season.

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