Connacht have named Gavin Duffy as their captain for the upcoming season ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 opening clash with Benetton Treviso in the Stadio Monigo on Saturday.
The former Harlequins player, who has been capped 10 times by Ireland, will take over the captaincy from John Muldoon.
Speaking of his appointment, a thrilled Duffy said: “Playing for your province is a huge honour and to be asked to captain the side only adds to that.
“It is a very exciting time for Connacht at the moment. The launch of the new league, the Heineken Cup and the new developments at the Sportsground, being part of that team is very special.
“There’s been huge support for Connacht in the last couple of years and this season, with the number of season tickets already sold, there should be a great buzz in the Sportsground.”
“It’s up to us now to put in the performances on the pitch and everyone’s looking forward to getting the league started this weekend.”
Head coach Eric Elwood added: “Gavin is one of our most senior players and a great servant to the club.
“He has shown huge leadership both on and off the pitch and will captain the squad for the season ahead.
“John (Muldoon) has been a terrific captain for the last three years and will continue to lead by example but now it’s Gavin’s opportunity to lead the team.”