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Shane O’Leary

O’Leary, 29, will arrive at the club following a two-year spell with French side Rouen Normandie, where the 10-year professional plied his trade throughout the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Pro D2 seasons.

The five-foot-ten, 200-pound fly-half started his career as a teenager on an academy contract with French side Grenoble in 2013, developing for a season with the Top 14 club prior to returning to his native Ireland to sign with Connacht. O’Leary would feature for three seasons with the Pro 12 outfit before crossing the Irish Sea for a three-year spell in England’s RFU Championship. The product of Ballina, County Tipperary spent the 2017-18 season with Ealing Trailfinders, and later moved north to Nottingham for a pair of campaigns with the Archers; it was at the Midlands club where he notably captured the 2018-19 Championship scoring title, racking up 186 points – 27 points clear of the runner-up – over the 22-match season.

O’Leary has earned 14 caps for Canada since making his international debut against Georgia in June 2017, booting 43 points for his adopted nation. He was a member of Canada’s 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.

He also represented Canada at the 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Chile, finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer (45 points).

O’Leary’s Canadian connection comes via his mother, who is a native of New Brunswick.

Updated: Oct. 4, 2022

Position Fly-half
Height 5'10"
Weight 200lbs
Hometown Ballina, County Tipperary, Ireland
Capped Nation Canada
Caps 14
Grassroots Clubs Ballina-Killaloe, Scariff