Connacht Rugby this week announced the signing of two new players.
20-year-old Matthew Jarvis has been signed from the Ospreys and is set to join Connacht next season. Jarvis, who can play at 10, 12 or 15, has been capped by Wales at U18 and was the vice-captain of the Welsh U20 side that faced England last February. The 1.93m, 91kg Neath-born flyer qualifies to play for Ireland as his grand-mother hails from Cork. Reacting to his signing, Matthew Jarvis said, “My grandmother was born in Cork, I have always considered myself as 50 percent Irish, this has now presented me with an exciting opportunity to play in Ireland and hopefully one day for Ireland.”
James Loxton will also join Connacht for next season. The 1.75m 84kg utility back can play at wing or fullback. Loxton, who was born in Berlin, qualifies to play for Ireland as his mother is from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo. The 21-year-old has been capped by Wales at U18 and U20 level, having featured for Wales during their 2009 Junior World Cup series in Japan and has been signed from the Cardiff Blues. On his signing, Loxton commented, “Connacht have big plans for the future and I want to be part of that vision. They play and open, expansive and exciting brand of rugby which will suit my game as a wing / full back. My mother was born in Crossmolina, County Mayo, I go on holiday there every summer and I’m delighted at the prospect of playing professional rugby where my ancestors were born and bred.”