Connacht prop Jamie Hagan has extended his contract at the Sportsground after an impressive first season with Michael Bradley's men.
Jamie Hagan, a former Ireland Youths, Under-18 and Under-20 international, said he is delighted with the way things have worked out for him since moving to Galway.
"It has been great and I'm looking forward to another season," said Hagan, who featured in the Ireland U-20 squad, coached by Eric Elwood and Dan McFarland, that won the Grand Slam back in 2007.
Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly said that in a week when hooker Sean Cronin is included in the Ireland squad to play England at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations, it is very encouraging to see young players prosper after moving to Connacht.
"Jamie is having a great season and has been a big addition to our squad on and off the field and it is great that he is committing to Connacht for another season," said Kelly.
After playing in his final home international for Ireland and winning the man-of-the-match award in the 46-7 win over Italy, Brian O'Driscoll spoke to reporters at a press conference in the Aviva Stadium.
The Ireland squad are in Belfast this week for a training camp and took time out to visit the famous 'Titanic Belfast' exhibition where Paddy Jackson and Iain Henderson had their own Leo & Kate moment.
Ireland coaches Joe Schmidt, Les Kiss and John Plumtree gave an update on the squad, their reaction to the game against England and a preview of the upcoming clash with Italy at the Aviva Stadium today.
A mini camp in Clonmel last week ended with a visit to the world famous Coolmore Stud and a chance to meet champion racehorse Galileo. Rob Kearney was so impressed he nearly sang 'My Lovely Horse' in our latest #BehindTheGreen video
The Ireland squad and management went to Clonmel RFC this week for a two-day training camp. The prevailing bad weather made for some interesting conditions over the two days. Check it out in our latest #BehindTheGreen video.