Ireland-qualified Australian Mack Hansen has signed for Connacht ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The 23-year-old can play across the back three or as out-half, and has played a key role in the Brumbies' Super Rugby AU campaign this season, featuring in all eight games and scoring three tries.
Hansen, whose mother hails from Cork came through the ranks at the Australian side, playing for Canberra’s Daramalan School and later the Canberra Vikings before moving on to the professional ranks in 2018, while also representing the Australian U20s in the World Cup that same year.
Hansen was handed his full debut for the Brumbies in March 2019, coming off the bench in a win over the Waratahs. Despite the disruption of the Super Rugby calendar due to COVID-19, Hansen has been an ever-present member of the squad since his first start last July. He was named Super Rugby Player of the Round in Round 2 after scoring a hat-trick in their win over the Waratahs. He has made 11 clean breaks this season, putting him in 2nd place for most clean breaks by any player across both Super Rugby leagues, and sits in the top 10 for most metres carried.
Hansen has signed a two-year deal with Connacht and will link up with the squad for 2021/22 pre-season training later in the summer.