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RaboDirect PRO 12: Connacht sign hooker Tom McCartney from the Blues

Last Updated: 17/04/14 2:13pm

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Tom McCartney: Blues hooker heading to Connacht

Tom McCartney: Blues hooker heading to Connacht

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Connacht have signed New Zealand-born hooker Tom McCartney from the Blues on a three-year contract from next season.

McCartney has been a consistent performer for the Blues since he made his Super Rugby debut in 2008 against the Chiefs and has made 64 appearances in the competition.

The 28-year-old, who can also play at prop, was handed his Auckland debut in 2007 by coach Pat Lam who is now in charge of Connacht.

Lam said: "We're delighted to be in a position to announce Tom for next season. Hooker was a key area that we had to target for recruitment.

"I have worked with Tom at both Auckland and the Blues in New Zealand and he is an excellent team man who was a key member of our leadership group.

"He is extremely hard working and respected by all the players and coaches around him."

McCartney said: "After talking with Pat Lam, I'm really excited about the move up to Connacht to help achieve their vision.

"I've obviously worked under Pat before and I really enjoy his coaching philosophy. He gave me my first start for Auckland back in 2007 and really, I owe a lot of my career achievements to him from those early days.

"I've been with the Blues and Auckland Rugby for over seven years now and enjoyed every minute. But this move is a fantastic opportunity and the challenge I've been looking for."

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