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USA's MacGinty helped Connacht to a PRO 12 title this spring. Ian Muir photo

Eagle flyhalf AJ MacGinty has earned a contract with Guinness Pro 12 club Connacht. The native Irishman has returned to the Emerald Isle and already joined his new club. 

"We’re delighted to welcome AJ to Connacht Rugby," said Connacht CEO Willie Ruane. "He has made a name for himself as a young Irish man playing for USA in the Rugby World Cup but has been doing very well in the States for the past few years and we are very pleased that he will strengthen our options at outhalf.”

“As a young Irish player playing abroad, AJ has been on our radar for quite some time now and we have been watching his games closely since he first played in the PNC during the summer.  His performances in the Rugby World Cup were impressive and we’re very pleased that he’s now joining Connacht Rugby," added Connacht coach Pat Lam.  

“AJ adds to our options at outhalf and we expect him to bring with him his experience of playing at the highest level. His skillset compliments our game and he has shown that he can execute the basics of kicking and passing in high pressure situations.

“I had the chance to meet him properly last week and discuss his future.  He’s an extremely ambitious and determined young man when it comes to his continued development as a rugby player. That lined up with our own programme and what we are doing here at Connacht Rugby so we are really excited to have him on board and we know that he will add a great deal to our environment. “



I am delighted to see this. AJ is a nice #10 that we can provide stability for years to come. World class goal kicker and his leadership will blossom when he is no longer the rookie. He is a very nice, classy young man as well. While we search for, and create solutions at home with our local state of play - for the near term (and any chance of competitiveness at the Eagle level) we must get as many players as we can overseas. Learning the basics, experiencing the rugby culture (the same one we can build here), and all the positives - including a great life experience.