Abraham Papali'i

  • Connacht have confirmed the signings of Australia 7s international Ben O’Donnell and Kiwi number eight Abraham Papali’i.

    The pair will link up with the squad before the start of the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season.
     
    Ben O’Donnell joins from the Australian Sevens programme, having played 95 matches for his country since he was handed his debut in 2017 under Andy Friend.

    New Zealander Abraham Papali’i arrives from Bay of Plenty where he was a key member of the squad that won the Mitre 10 Cup Championship last year.

  • Connacht's Abraham Papali'i has been hit with a four-week suspension after receiving a red card during last weekend's Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup defeat to Benetton.

    Papali'i’ was dismissed with seven minutes remaining in Treviso by referee Gianluca Gnecchi for a high tackle.

    The New Zealander has seen red in three Connacht encounters since joining the province last July, and coach Andy Friend has been vocal in his criticism of the back's tackling technique.