Connacht bolster squad

Date published: January 10 2017

Steve Crosbie and Tom Farrell have been added to Connacht’s senior squad for the remainder of the season, the club announced on Tuesday.

Loosehead prop Peter McCabe has also joined the province on a loan deal from Munster.

Crosbie, who can also play in midfield, joins the province on the back of a short term contract with Munster where he made two appearances for their ‘A’ side in the British & Irish Cup last month. The former Ireland under-20’s player originally came through the Leinster academy system and made two PRO12 appearances at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.

The Connacht coaching team have also boosted their options at midfield with the addition of 23-year-old Tom Farrell who joins from English Championship side Bedford Blues where he made 12 appearances this season. Having played with Lansdowne RFC, Farrell came through the Leinster Academy and also represented Ireland at U19 and U20 level. He joined up with his new team mates at the Sportsground on Monday and was added to the Champions Cup squad for the province.

McCabe (24) has also joined the province on loan from Munster and as cover for current front row injuries. The Cork-born prop impressed on a number of occasions for Munster ‘A’ after making his B&I Cup debut in the 2015 quarter-final against Doncaster Knights. He made his senior debut in the PRO12 this season, coming on as a replacement against the Ospreys and a week later starting in the friendly against the Maori All Blacks at Thomond Park.