Connacht sign Mack Hansen from Brumbies

Mack Hansen will join Connacht ahead of the 2021/22 season
Mack Hansen will join Connacht ahead of the 2021/22 season

Connacht have confirmed that winger Mack Hansen will join the Pro14 club from Brumbies ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Hansen started his rugby career with provincial side Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship before making his Super Rugby debut for Brumbies in 2018. The 23-year-old has been a key player for Brumbies featuring in eight games this season scoring three tries.

He also had represented Australia Under 20 side in the World Cup in 2018 and is qualified to represent Ireland through his Cork-born mother. Hansen has signed a two-year contract with Connacht and will link up with the squad in the pre-season in summer.

"I am delighted to be making this move and signing for Connacht Rugby," he told the club's official website.

"Obviously, I have strong family ties to Ireland, so that was an immediate positive for me, but after chatting to Andy I became really excited by both the brand of rugby that Connacht play, as well as the ambition of the club to succeed in the years ahead.

"I want to play my part in that, and I can’t wait to link up with the squad and get settled in the West of Ireland.”

Connacht head coach Andy Friend is looking forward to see Hansen in action next season.

“Securing the signing of Mack Hansen is a real coup for Connacht Rugby. I have been following his progress for a long time and he has all the attributes to become a really important player for us.

"As well as his playmaking abilities, he is a physically strong and tall player who can easily adapt to the demands of northern hemisphere rugby. His versatility and ability to play all across the back field as well as a number 10 is also a big plus for us.

"I’m looking forward to welcoming him to The Sportsground and integrating him into our playing squad over the summer.”