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Godwin to leave Brumbies to play in Ireland

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Brumbies and Australian international centre Kyle Godwin has agreed to leave Canberra and play for Irish Province Connacht at the conclusion of the 2018 Super Rugby season and his Wallabies obligations.

Godwin signed for the Brumbies at the start of the 2017 season having impressed whilst with the Force over in Western Australia, earning a call-up to the Wallabies Spring Tour just prior to his arrival in the national capital.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Godwin was part of the Australia U20 team that competed in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championships in South Africa and went on to make over fifty appearances for the Force before Stephen Larkham lured him to the ACT.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Brumbies but feel that the end of the season is the right moment for me to challenge myself by heading overseas,” Godwin said of the Connacht announcement.

“The Brumbies is a very special club and I’ve made lots of great friends during my time in Canberra. There’s often talk about the Brumbies family, and it really is one big family, they made me feel very welcome on and off the field.

“The opportunity to join Connacht was one that really intrigued me both personally and professionally and, whilst I am sad to leave the Brumbies, I am excited and looking forward to a new challenge.

“We still have much to play for this season however, and I will be determined to help the club succeed in Super Rugby and am fully committed and concentrating on the rest of this season starting with our huge match against the Waratahs on 31 March.”

Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson commented, “whilst we are sad to see a player of Kyle’s quality leave the club, we totally understand the opportunity that he has taken to explore a different football environment.

“Throughout his time at the Brumbies, Kyle has been valued member of the squad and we wish him the very best for the future.

“The season is not yet over however and we are sure that Kyle will play a very big part in the remainder of the Super Rugby campaign and help us push for success in 2018.”

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