Gavin Duffy has been selected as the new captain of Connacht Rugby.
The 29 year old Ballina native will lead the Province out for their 1st competitive fixture this weekend as Connacht take on Benetton Treviso in the Stadio Monigo on Saturday.
Duffy earned the 1st of his 10 Irish caps against South Africa in 2004 and played against Argentina in the 2007 World Cup. A former Mayo minor footballer, the 6’2, 95kg fullback has been ever present in the Connacht squad since his return to the Province in 2007 following a 4 year stint with NEC Harlequins.
Having played for Ireland at Schools, U21, 7’s and ‘A’, Gavin is 1 of a select few to earn 100 caps for Connacht and was part of Connacht’s 2010 Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final team that narrowly lost to Toulon in the Sportsground.
Speaking about the new role Gavin said:
“I’m delighted to be asked to captain the team for the year. Playing for your Province is a huge honour and to be asked to captain the side only adds to that. It is a very exciting time for Connacht at the moment, the launch of the new league, the Heineken Cup and the new developments at the Sportsground, being part of that team is very special.”
“There’s been huge support for Connacht in the last couple of years and this season, with the number of season tickets already sold, there should be a great buzz in the Sportsground.”
“It’s up to us now to put in the performances on the pitch and everyone’s looking forward to getting the league started this weekend”
Head Coach Eric Elwood, speaking about Gavin’s selection, said:
“Gavin is one of our most senior players and a great servant to the club; he has shown huge leadership both on and off the pitch and will captain the squad for the season ahead. John (Muldoon) has been a terrific captain for the last 3 years and will continue to lead by example but now it’s Gavin’s opportunity to lead the team.”