Connacht Rugby have named three captains for the forthcoming RaboDirect PRO12 season.
Gavin Duffy, John Muldoon and Michael Swift will share the honour and match captains will be picked on a game-by-game basis. New coach Pat Lam explained the decision, saying: "In the professional era of rugby, when you have players joining your team from around the world and outside the province, it's important for everyone to understand the values of a Connacht player. Our own team identified those values as 'committed, tough, a team man, respected, and accountable.
"These three men exemplify what Connacht Rugby is all about and they are fantastic ambassadors for the club. John and Gavin are both born and bred in Galway and Mayo and Michael is the longest serving player with a record number of caps. They care passionately about Connacht Rugby. They've seen where we've come from, they know where we are now and they want to be part of where we are going."