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Connacht wing Diarmuid Kilgallen to join Irish rivals next season

By Josh Raisey
Diarmuid Kilgallen of Connacht celebrates after scoring his side's third try during the United Rugby Championship match between Connacht and Leinster at The Sportsground in Galway. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Munster have confirmed the signing of winger Diarmuid Kilgallen from Connacht ahead of next season.

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The 23-year-old will join the reigning United Rugby Championship winners on a two-year deal. Kilgallen has come through Connacht’s academy, and made his debut for the club in 2020 against Munster.

The winger has scored 12 tries in 22 appearances so far in his Connacht career.

Munster have also confirmed that hooker Eoghan Clarke has signed a one-year deal for next season having rejoined Munster from the Jersey Reds at the end of last year.

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In a busy day for the province, prop Keynan Knox has also departed after seven years in red.

Connacht currently sit two places above Munster in the URC standings, in ninth, but are level on points.

Munster are set to take on the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets this Friday in the URC, while Connacht face Cardiff the following day at Cardiff Arms Park.

Munster could welcome back World Cup winning lock RG Snyman for the Scarlets match, who has been out since the World Cup final with a chest/ shoulder injury.

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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