New Connacht contract for Abraham Papali’i

Date published: May 4 2021

Connacht have announced that number eight Abraham Papali’i has committed to the province after inking a new deal for the 2021/22 campaign.

The back-row has made a big impact since joining last season, scoring three tries in 11 games and exciting supporting and pundits alike with his strength and strong ball carrying ability.

Papali’i arrived from Bay of Plenty in New Zealand having predominantly played rugby league during his career, with Connacht head coach Andy Friend delighted that he has re-signed.

Very impressive

“I’ve been really pleased with Abraham’s progression since he joined us,” he told the PRO14 side’s website.

“He’s had to adapt to the rigours of rugby union as well as an off-field culture change, made no easier by the pandemic, and we are now seeing the fruits of his hard work.

“His last few performances have been very impressive and we look forward to seeing him continue his development into next season.”