18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
Meanwhile, Ray Ofisa, the 30-year-old 6'0" 95kg Samoan, who joined Connacht in 2006 from North Otago (New Zealand) will remain at The Sportsground until 2012. Hooker, Adrian Flavin, who signed for Connacht in 2006 from London Irish, has agreed a new contract for two more seasons.
Finally, Michael Swift, Connacht's most capped player of all time, has signed a one-year deal that will also keep him at the Sportsground until 2012.
Head Coach Eric Elwood said: "We are very pleased with the re-signing of Swifty, Flav and Ray. They have been great servants to Connacht Rugby and we are delighted they have shown their loyalty to the province by extending their contracts."