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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Kieran keen to get going

The experienced Keane has not walked blindly into his Galway office. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
The experienced Keane has not walked blindly into his Galway office. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

New head coach Kieran Keane is keen to make his presence felt at Connacht.

The 63-year-old took the Tasman Makos to the ITM Cup in 2013 before moving on to become the Chiefs' attack coach in Super Rugby.

'I'm not coming here as a retirement project," insisted Keane.

"I'm here to sharpen the tools and put more tools into the toolbox for the players and, obviously, try and get some very good performances that people can be proud of."

The experienced Keane has not walked blindly into his Galway office.

He has used the non-Super Rugby weeks to come to Connacht and become more acquainted with the place and the players.

"I felt and heard that the Sportsground gets behind its players," he said.

"I've been watching some football on the sly, just looking at our performances and how we play the game.

"You can't help but smile at the feral support for the home team."

Meanwhile, Munster have moved to reassure their fans with the signing of South Africans Chris Cloete and Gerbrandt Grobler.

The furore over Rassie Erasmus's return home, taking defence coach Jacques Nienaber too, has been softened somewhat by the double swoop.

Second-row Grobler, 25, made 20 appearances for Racing 92 in the Top-14 last season.

South Africa 'A' representative Cloete, 26, has a knack for causing havoc at the breakdown.

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