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Connacht coach delighted to sign former Ulster lock Lewis Stevenson

By Jonathan Bradley

Former Ulster second row Lewis Stevenson has signed for Connacht ahead of the new Guinness Pro12 campaign.

The Ballyclare man made 89 appearances for his home province before being released early from his contract last season to facilitate a second spell at Exeter Chiefs.

The 32-year-old had been planning to join club side Instonians in a player-coach role, but has already met up with his new team as the champions spend five days in France as part of their pre-season.

Head coach Pat Lam said: "It is great to have someone of Lewis' experience coming into our squad.

"Having played in the Premiership as well as the PRO12, he will bring something different and greatly boost our second row options.

"With our international locks coming in later to pre-season and other injuries affecting us in that area, it's great to have Lewis with us in France this week ready to train and play.

"From meeting with Lewis, I have no doubt that he will fit in well to our environment.

"He has a lot to catch up on in a short space of time, but he's excited by the challenge."

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