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Faloon staying with Connacht

05th November 2013 13:31

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Willie Faloon Connacht

Extension: WIllie Faloon

After yesterday's announcement that Kieran Marmion has extended his contract, Connacht have secured the future of Willie Faloon.

The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year extension with Connacht and the IRFU, bringing his contract up to the summer of 2016.

Faloon joined Connacht from neighbouring province Ulster at the start of the 2012/13 season.

The 6ft 1in, 100kg back-rower has racked up 20 appearances despite unfortunate, lengthy spells on the sidelines in the last two seasons.

In September of this year, he was dealt a major blow when he was forced to leave the pitch with a broken foot sustained in round three of the Pro12 against his former Irish club. The Armagh man was ruled out for up to six months.

He earned his first Ireland Wolfhound cap and scored a try against Scotland 'A' in 2011 and played England Saxons the same year.

With Connacht, Faloon has built a reputation as an abrasive ball-carrier and his work rate across the park has been phenomenal.

"I'm delighted to be playing in Connacht for another two years. Since I arrived here, I've been made feel so welcome by the lads and supporters alike," said Faloon.

"Getting regular game time has been fantastic for me. I love working with Pat (Lam) and Dan (McFarland) and the other coaches and I'm constantly challenged in new ways which is helping my game.

"Obviously it's extremely disappointing to be injured, but I still feel very much a part of the team and am actively involved in analysis and team meetings. Right now, I am working hard with the physio Gavin (Malouf) and the conditioning staff to come back improved as soon as possible."

"This is another fantastic boost for the club. Willie is an exceptional player for Connacht and a great person off the field too," said Connacht boss Pat Lam.

"He is an important member of our squad and part of a very strong pack here. We've seen what he can do and his experience and work-rate adds an exciting dimension to our gameplay.

"I know Willie has been frustrated with his injury early this season but he is continuing to work hard on the development of his game and we look forward to having him back stronger in the coming months and for the seasons ahead."

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