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    Mostyn out for 8 plus weeks

    Bad break for Mostyn a blow for Connacht
    Wednesday November 22nd 2006

    CONNACHT have been dealt a severe blow with experienced winger Matt Mostyn set to be out of action until the end of January after breaking his leg.

    The 32-year-old former Irish international suffered the injury in the opening minute of the Magners League clash against Cardiff on his way to scoring the only try of the game.

    It was initially thought that damage to ankle ligaments was the extent of the injury, but it has been confirmed that he also broke his fibula.

    Connacht manager Tim Allnutt said that it was a big blow but that it was expected the side's top try-scorer this season would be back in action in eight to ten weeks.

    "It is a terrible blow for Mattie himself and for the team," he said. "He is one of our most experienced players and one of the most respected players in the squad."

    It has transpired that Mostyn broke the bone in his leg a metre and a half from the line as he burst past Cardiff centre Marc Stcherbina, but he still managed to get over the line for a try before collapsing in agony.

    Mostyn, in his second spell with Connacht, has been one of the most consistent players in Michael Bradley's side since he rejoined the province over three seasons ago.

    He won the last of his six international caps in the 1999 World Cup loss to Argentina, has played full-back, in the centre and on the wing for Connacht.

    Umaga out for Toulon
    FORMER New Zealand captain Tana Umaga, who plays for French Second Division side Toulon, has been sidelined with a left calf injury.

    The 33-year-old centre picked up the muscle strain during his side's 25-18 win at Colombes last Sunday, and is in doubt for next Saturday's league game against Tarbes.

    The ex-All Black signed for Toulon last month in a highly lucrative deal, reported to be worth €350,000 for the duration of his 12-week stay in France.

    "He'll return to training and play again once the inflammation has subsided and he is in less pain," a club spokesman said yesterday.

    John Fallon

    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    very bad news, one of our most consistent players to date