A number of players will leave Connacht Rugby this summer, while Tom McCartney will retire from rugby and return to New Zealand.

Eoin McKeon, Niyi Adeolokun, Darragh Leader, Kyle Godwin, Joe Maksymiw, David Horwitz, Rory Burke, Peter McCabe and Angus Lloyd will all depart the Western province for varying reasons, while Colby Fainga’a and Robin Copeland will join French sides Lyon and Soyaux Angouleme respectively.

Connacht native McKeon played 137 times for his native province since his debut in April 2010, and was a member of the 2016 PRO12 winning team.

Back-three duo Niyi Adeolokun and Darragh Leader also featured in the 2015-16 campaign, with the pair amassing 94 and 91 caps respectively.

Trio Kyle Godwin, Joe Maksymiw and David Horwitz have completed their two-year contracts after joining in the summer of 2018.

Front-rowers Rory Burke and Peter McCabe have completed their contracts, while Angus Lloyd leaves in order to pursue a medical career.

Meanwhile, Tom McCartney is retiring from professional rugby, and after six years with Connacht, is returning to New Zealand. The hooker made 112 appearances for the province and started in the 2016 Guinness PRO12 Grand Final.


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