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Alex Wootton

Alex Wootton

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Alex Wootton

Connacht have further boosted their back-line options by snapping up Munster winger Alex Wootton on a season-long loan deal.

Wootton is the third Munster player to join Connacht this summer, as he follows Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver to the Sportsground.

Injury hampered Wootton's progress this season, which meant that he only managed to make two appearances for Munster - the last of which came in November of last year.

The 25-year old, former Ireland U-20 international, will hope to reignite his career with Connacht, who were in the market for a winger to offset the loss of Niyi Adeolokun.

Although born and raised in England, Wootton came through the Munster Academy since he moved to Limerick in 2016.

He was famously picked ahead of Simon Zebo in the 2018 Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Racing 92, but has been unable to kick on since then.

"Alex is a great person and a talented player, we wish him all the best at Connacht," Munster coach Johann van Graan.

"Unfortunately, he got injured over the past year and struggled to fight his way back into the team. He's looking for playing time and we wish him well with the move."

Connacht will welcome Wootton's versatility because while he has largely played on the wing, he can also cover full-back.

"I am really pleased to welcome Alex Wootton to the province," Connacht boss Any Friend commented. "Alex is a very exciting back three player."