Connacht Rugby have announced the signing of back row Colby Fainga’a from Australian Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels.
In 2014 Fainga’a joined the Rebels and in his first season was awarded the highest honour in the club when he was named the Players’ Player of the year. This achievement was followed by his appointment as co-captain of the Melbourne Rising side in 2015.
At international level, Fainga’a captained the Australian Under 20s side in 2011 and made 7 appearances that season.
Commenting on Connacht’s latest signing, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Colby Fainga’a ahead of the new season.
“When I was Head Coach at the Brumbies, Colby signed his first professional contract with the club, so I have an in-depth knowledge of the qualities he brings. With 100 Super Rugby appearances under his belt, Colby brings massive experience. In addition to his versatility on the field he has a fantastic attitude off it and will be a big addition to Connacht in the seasons ahead.
Fainga’a will join up with the squad on the conclusion of the Rebels Super Rugby Season.
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