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Marmion extends his Connacht deal and targets World Cup spot

 

By Declan Rooney

Connacht's bid to claim a fourth Challenge Cup win of the season has been given an injection of confidence as Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion has pledged his future to the province.

Marmion (25) has penned a two-year extension to his current Connacht deal that will see him at the club for 10 seasons should he remain until the end of his contract.

Marmion is expected to be named in Kieran Keane's team for tomorrow's European clash at the Sportsground, and a second win in a week against Brive will leave the westerners in prime position to reach the quarter-finals for the second season running.

"Since joining the Connacht Academy I have received great guidance from coaches and management in the club and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date," Marmion said.

"As a squad, we are excited about the coming seasons and are working towards bringing more success to the province.

"With the World Cup in 2019 only around the corner, I hope to be involved in the Irish squad in the years to come."

Connacht currently have 14 points from a possible 15 in their Challenge Cup pool and, after their win over Brive last weekend, they lead the French side by seven points.

With progression unlikely for them, it is possible that Brive will again field a weakened side.

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