by Aodán Boland
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced that captain John Muldoon has signed a new contract for the 2017/2018 season.
34-year-old Muldoon, who hails from Portumna Co. Galway, famously led Connacht to winning the PRO12 title last May after defeating Leinster. Muldoon made his Connacht debut in 2004 and has since played 291 games for the province. Muldoon is Connacht’s and the PRO 12’s highest-capped player.
Connacht CEO Willie Ruane commented:
“It’s no surprise that everyone at Connacht Rugby is delighted that our captain John Muldoon will be playing another season at the Sportsground. John continues to be a vital member of our team highlighted by the fact that he is still the first name you expect to see on the team sheet week in week out.
“He is a role model in our community and to every player that comes in the gates of the Sportsground.”
Connacht head coach Pat Lam also hailed the Connacht legend:
John represents so much of what Connacht Rugby is about. He continues to drive high standards of himself and everyone around him. I have seen how others constantly look to him as an example of what you can achieve with hard work and determination.
“Personally, I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with him the last four seasons and I’m delighted that he’ll continue to play and lead in the Connacht jersey next season.”