18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Elwood's men have the added bonus of competing in the Heineken Cup for the first time in Connacht's history, following Leinster's recent final win over Northampton Saints.
Details of Connacht's pre-season friendlies are due to be announced shortly and are likely to take place during the month of August.
Melrose will link up with London Irish in July having been appointed as the English club's new elite player performance manager.
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