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Brumbies back-rower Jarrad Butler has signed a contract with Irish province Connacht and will join them at the end of Super Rugby 2017.
The five pools for next season’s Challenge Cup have been confirmed after the draw in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Connacht and the IRFU have announced the signing of young scrum-half James Mitchell on a two-year deal.
Connacht have announced that Academy players Conor McKeon, Cormac Brennan and Pat O’Toole have signed senior contracts.
Connacht have announced that centre Bundee Aki is set for shoulder surgery, meaning he will miss out on running out for the Barbarians.
Ireland have announced that Connacht lock Quinn Roux has been added to the squad that will travel to the USA and Japan this June.
Northampton Saints have qualified for the Champions Cup play-off final after beating Connacht 21-15 at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup qualifier against Connacht.
Connacht and the IRFU have announced that JP Cooney, Tom Farrell, Shane Delahunt and Steve Crosbie have signed contracts extensions.
Connacht second-row Ultan Dillane will return to training this week ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup play-off game at Northampton.