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Mullins Earns First Contract With Connacht

Mullins Earns First Contract With Connacht

Mullins Earns First Contract With Connacht

Chay Mullins has scored seven tries for Ireland in this season's HSBC SVNS Series, taking his career tally to 17 tries in 79 matches ©INPHO/Chris Cotze

Ireland Men’s Sevens international and Connacht Academy player, Chay Mullins, will join the professional ranks at the province from next season.

The English-born, Irish-qualified back-three specialist joined the Connacht Academy in late 2022, having played a key role in the Ireland Under-20s winning the U-20 Six Nations Grand Slam earlier that year.

The now 22-year-old scored three tries in four appearances for the Ireland U-20s, while he also made three appearances during the 2021 U-20 Six Nations campaign.

Upon joining the Connacht Academy, he was named in the Emerging Ireland squad that played three games in South Africa in late 2022.

Over the past 18 months, while progressing through the Academy ranks, he has primarily featured heavily in the Ireland Sevens set-up, most recently at the HSBC SVNS Series tournament in Singapore earlier this month.

Connacht head coach Pete Wilkins commented:

Chay is another exciting young player with huge potential. He has impressed in every opportunity he’s been given, whether it be here in our Academy, the Ireland U-20s, the Emerging Ireland squad, or the Ireland Sevens team.

“He’s a skilful player who can play across the back-three, further strengthening our options in that area of the field.

“He will join our exciting crop of young players who will be given the platform to grow and develop next season.”