Connacht bring in Auckland flanker

Date published: March 25 2015

Connacht have announced the recruitment of back row forward Nepia Fox-Matamua for the 2015/16 season.
The New Zealand-born flanker, who has played for ITM Cup side Auckland, has signed a two-year deal with the Irish province.
Debuting for Auckland in 2012, Fox-Matamua returned to the provincial squad in 2014 after a year-long spell with North Harbour, where he also played Sevens rugby.
The 23-year-old will arrive at Connacht for the beginning of the pre-season period in June.
Commenting on the new signing, Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam said: "We're delighted to be in a position to announce Nepia.

"With Willie (Faloon) returning to Ulster, another quality openside flanker was needed for next season's squad.
"I have worked with Nepia at Auckland. He is a great team man and having captained different sides in his young career, he also possesses excellent leadership qualities.

"Technically he is an out-and-out number seven with natural ball skills that have seen him excel in Sevens rugby as well. I know that he is the type of player and person that will fit in very well to the Connacht community."
Connacht CEO Willie Ruane added: "In addition to the high number of current players committing their futures to Connacht, it's great to be adding to the quality and depth of the squad with a player like Nepia.

"We are confident he will bring a lot to our environment as we bid for honours in both the PRO12 and European competitions."