Connell was called up as a late replacement for the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa. With both scrum halves (Gareth Edwards and Roger Young) injured he played in the last three games on tour including the 4th Test against South Africa.
He played club rugby for Trinity Academicals and laterLondon Scottish. He was also the first player to come onto an international field (Murrayfield) as a substitute for an injured player (Ian McCrae of Gordonians and Scotland).
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