New contract for Marmion

Date published: November 25 2015

Connacht and the IRFU are pleased to have announced that international scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a two-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old, who was first capped by his country in 2014, has progressed into one of Ireland's best number nines despite his young age.

Having started out in the Connacht Academy in 2012, Marmion earned his first PRO12 cap for Connacht that September when he faced Cardiff Blues in the opening round of the league.

He went on to start every game of the 2012/13 season and was the sole Connacht squad member and only player in the league to do so. Now in his fourth season at the province, the scrum-half has 86 Connacht appearances to his name.

"It's great for Connacht Rugby and our supporters that Kieran has chosen to continue playing at the Sportsground where he started out his professional career," said head coach Pat Lam.

"Over the years, he has grown enormously as a player and as a person and has obviously established himself as a vital cog in the team. 

"At 23, he's still very young but he is a key member of our leadership group and is massively respected by everyone on and off the field. I've really enjoyed working with him and I look forward to continuing that for another two seasons."

Marmion added: "I'm delighted to be staying with Connacht Rugby for at least the next two years and I'm looking forward to achieving some big things with the team in that time.

"I'm really enjoying the rugby we're playing and the culture we've built. It's a very exciting time to be involved."