Irish-qualified back Byron Ralston to join Connacht ahead of 2022/23 season

Byron Ralston has made 14 Super Rugby appearances for Western Force
Byron Ralston has made 14 Super Rugby appearances for Western Force
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Connacht have announced the signing of Irish qualified wing Byron Ralston ahead of the 2022/23 season.

A former Australian U20 international, the 21-year-old also had represented Australia Under 20 in the past and can play at wing as well as at outside centre.

His professional rugby debut for Force came in 2019 and helped them win the National Rugby Championship that year during which he scored seven tries from eight games.

Ralston's debut in Super Rugby came in 2020 and has featured in 14 games scoring five tries. He will now make his first appearance in the United Rugby Championship next season.

“Moving to Connacht Rugby and the West of Ireland is a brilliant opportunity for me," he told in a statement released by the club.

"The style of rugby that they play will suit me down to the ground, and it gives me a chance to reconnect with my Irish roots.

"I’m obviously aware of the positive experience other Aussies have had after moving to Connacht, and so I will be doing all I can to make a similar impact and help the club achieve the level of success they are all working towards.”

Connacht are positioned ninth in the United Rugby Championship table with six wins from 13 games.