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    Riordan to stick with Connacht

    RIORDAN PLEDGES FUTURE TO CONNACHT

    Connacht Rugby is pleased to announce that full-back Daniel Riordan
    has signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at the
    Sportsground until the summer of 2009 at least.

    The 22-year old, who made his debut last season, was called into the
    Irish Six Nations training squad by Eddie O’Sullivan on Monday.

    Riordan, who has nailed down a permanent place on the side this
    season, is currently on a development contract with Connacht having
    come through the province’s academy.

    He has featured in 16 of Connacht’s 18 games and is the side’s top
    try scorer this season with five touchdowns.

    “It has gone well for me this season and I am delighted to agree a
    new contract for the next couple of years.

    “We are putting together a strong side and I am looking forward to
    my game developing as we move forward,” said Riordan, a native of
    Annaghdown.

    Riordan developed his rugby with Corinthians and in Colaiste Iognaid
    before moving into the Connacht academy.

    Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly said it was very encouraging to see
    players like Riordan come through the system.


    “Danny is having a great season and it is great to see him pledging
    his future to the side. He is one of many young players to come
    through the academy and it is very encouraging in itself to see
    players develop like that,” said Kelly.

    Riordan has played for the Irish U-21 side in the Six Nations and the
    World Cup in Argentina.

    Riordan made his debut for Connacht last season, making all seven
    appearances as a replacement but this year he has started in fifteen
    of his sixteen appearances.

    “People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.” - Art Buchwald
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