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Connacht duo headed for London?

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Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper reports that the pair – who have been among Connacht's young stars this season – will be among several to say goodbye to the Emerald Isle, Leinster fly-half Andy Dunne having already committed to Harlequins after struggling for game time at Donnybrook.

Should Harlequins land versatile back Duffy, then they will have acquired one of the most talented Irish prospects currently around, the 21-year-old's form having been nothing short of sensational in the Connacht colours.

The 23-year-old back rower O'Connor has also been a major thrust behind their relative ascension in the European and Celtic game, the 6 feet 1, 94kg flanker however failing to break into the senior Ireland fold under coach Eddie O'Sullivan.

Highly-rated Connacht scrum-half Eoin Reddan has also been linked with a move to Munster, who already boast Ireland's Peter Stringer among their ranks, but as Connacht look to balance the books amid a pending decision from the Irish Rugby Football Union as to their future, coach Steph Nel could have a serious fight on his hands to keep his top talent at the province.


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