Plaudits for players

Take a bow Mike McCarthy and Man of the Match John Muldoon.

Take a bow Mike McCarthy and Man of the Match John Muldoon.

Three Connacht players have joined an illustrious list of European stars in this week’s pick of the Heineken Cup round six fixtures.

Rugby website espnscrum names outhalf Niall O’Connor at No 10 and Mike McCarthy in its ‘Team of the Round”. O’Connor received the selection for “keeping his nerve to land three penalties” to overcome Harlequins which “few other teams” have done this season, while Mike McCarthy “underlined his international credentials with an assured display.

And planetrugby.com’s team of round six includes Man of the Match John Muldoon. Of Muldoon the website states: “Yet there was a certain blindside flanker at the Sportsground who stood head and shoulders above the rest on Friday as Connacht brought to an end their dismal run of 14 successive defeats. Take a bow John Muldoon.”

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