Jack Carty: Connacht name fly-half skipper with Jarrad Butler and Bundee Aki vice-captains for United Rugby Championship season

Adam Kyriacou

Connacht have made a change of captain ahead of the new season as experienced fly-half Jack Carty takes over the duties from Jarrad Butler.

A firm fan favourite who has made 180 appearances for the Sportsground side, Carty will be a hugely popular choice to take on the reins for this campaign.

The 29-year-old playmaker will be supported by Butler and Ireland international centre Bundee Aki, with the pair Carty’s vice-captains for the province.

“It’s a huge honour to become club captain of my home province. I first walked through the doors as a 14 year old and if you said to me I would play for Connacht never mind captaining the team, I would have laughed at you,” Carty revealed to the United Rugby Championship outfit’s official website.

“None of this would ever have been possible if it wasn’t for my family, friends and teammates.”

Proud moment for Carty

He added: “It’s an incredibly humbling moment, and with that comes responsibility to ensure we proudly represent the people of Connacht, whether they are here in the actual province or in one of the four corners of the world – which we strive to do!

“I can’t wait to get back on the pitch again to lead in the best way possible, by performing.”

Taking over the role from back-row Butler, Carty was quick to praise the Australian forward, as he looks forward to a strong URC campaign in 2022/23.

“A special thanks to JB who I’ve learnt an incredible amount from the last few years and will continue to do so,” continued the entertaining number 10.

“I can’t wait to see everyone at the Sportsground, with our new surface, on the 7th of October.”

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