Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht Rugby mourn the loss of former IRFU President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Browne, who passed away peacefully at his home in Kingston, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.
     
    Hailing from Moygownagh in Mayo, Tony was the recipient of Connacht Rugby’s ‘Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award’ earlier this year.

    From 1982, as Connacht Rugby Branch Rep, he was a member of the IRFU National Committee and was Chairman of some of the most important National Sub Committees including those dealing with Schoolboy Rugby and Refereeing Standards.
     
    In 1990 he was appointed President of the Connacht Rugby Branch and a year later he became the first and only person ever in the history of Corinthians to hold the office of President of IRFU.
     
    Tony will be reposing from his home (Eircode H91 YH W4) on Sunday 18th August from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

    Removal on Monday (19th) to the Sacred Heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.

  • Connacht pro players and staff have undergone testing for Covid-19, as part of the return to train protocols put in place by the IRFU.

    The players first had their temperatures taken, and then underwent tests at the Sportsground in Galway yesterday, before they return to pre-season training from next Monday.

     

  • Coronavirus testing at the provinces will begin next week.

    Players and staff at Leinster and Munster will be the first to be tested ahead of their return to training next week.

    Connacht and Ulster will undergo testing before returning to training on June 29th.

  • Connacht rugby grounded out a three point win in the pool stages of the Champions Cup yesterday.

     

    22-year-old fly-half Conor Fitzgerald came off the bench yesterday to kick the winning penalty as Connacht beat Montpellier, in the midst of an injury crisis.

     

    23-20 was the final score at the Sportsground as the westerners secured a clean sweep for the Irish sides in the opening weekend of the tournament.

  • Connacht Rugby have announced a 30 million Euro redevelopment plan for the Sportsground

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue.

    The CEO of Connacht Rugby, Ballina native Willie Ruane today's announcement is the culmination of around three years assessment and planning.

    Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton says that the new plans will result in both sporting and economic benefits to Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.

  • Connacht Rugby has announced a new home kit for the 2019/2020 season and it is available across all Elvery’s Sports stores in the province.

    The Pro 14 side have launched their new kit this morning with Bundee Aki, Jarad Butler and Sean O’Brien among the poster boss for the new blended green look.

    The first chance to see the new jersey in action will be in the developmental Celtic Cup games at the end of August, as Connacht’s young guns put their hands up for senior selection next year.

  • Connacht Rugby, along with their partners Elverys and BLK, have collaborated to create a special and unique, Limited-Edition ‘Heroes’ jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway and Mayo/Roscommon Hospices.

    During these unprecedented times, ALONE and the Hospices are unrelenting in their support of our most vulnerable in society. To support their trojan efforts and by way of support to all our front-line workers, 100% of profits from this Limited-Edition jersey will go directly to ALONE and the two Connacht-based Hospices.

    The jersey sports a unique design inspired by Superheroes, reminding us that they are not the only ones who wear capes and is our way of saying thanks to all Superheroes fighting day in, day out to makes the lives of the most vulnerable better.

    The caption ‘Home Advantage’ reminds us that for now, this game is won by staying at home, but is also a nod to what will be brighter and healthier days ahead, when we can all venture out to support Connacht Rugby at home in The Sportsground once again, wearing this ‘Heroes’ shirt with pride.


    The limited-edition jersey is available exclusively on a pre-order basis from Wednesday 13th May on www.elverys.ie and costs just €70 for an adult and starts at €48 for kids. But hurry, only a limited number of these once-off jerseys will be produced and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.

    All orders have to be place by 23rd May.

    There is an expected delivery time of five to six weeks as these jerseys are being produced specifically for each individual once orders are placed.

  • Connacht have been handed another European boost for next season after it was confirmed that Andy Friend's side will seeded in Tier 3 for the Heineken Champions Cup.

    Yesterday it was confirmed that Connacht would play in next season's expanded 24-team tournament,  with four extra teams added due to the unique circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    And now Connacht have been given more good news as the Guinness Pro14 announced that they will be seeded in Tier 3 of the Pro14 teams alongside Scarlets, based on their league points total before lockdown.

    The Pro14 indicated that Glasgow Warriors were a Tier 3 qualifier and Connacht were a Tier 4 qualifier, however this morning they corrected that error.

    Teams in Tier 1 will be this season's Pro14 finalists with the losing teams from the semi-finals making up Tier 2.

    In the expanded Champions Cup eight teams each from the Pro14, France's Top 14 and England's Premiership will be divided into four tiers across two pools, with each side playing four group games, as opposed to six in a normal season.

  • Connacht will be reacquainted with former head coach Pat Lam in the group stage of this season's Heineken Champions Cup.

    They've been drawn to play Lam's Bristol Bears and last season's runners-up Racing in the pool stage.

    Leinster will play Montpellier and Northampton.

    Munster face games against Clermont and Harlequins.

    While Ulster will go up against Gloucester and Toulouse.

    All four provinces face home and away games against each of their opponents, with the first round of matches coming in mid-December.

  • The Connacht management team have again opted to shuffle their squad for tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO14 season finale against Scarlets in Llanelli.

    The side is captained by Paul Boyle in a back row that also features Conor Oliver and Abraham Papali’i. Gavin Thornbury and Niall Murray continue their second row partnership after impressive showings last weekend, and a front row of Jordan Duggan, Shane Delahunt and Jack Aungier completes the pack.

    Kieran Marmion is retained at scrum-half with Conor Fitzgerald alongside him, and there are no changes at 12, 13 or 14 which are filled by Tom Daly, Academy centre Sean O’Brien and winger Ben O’Donnell. Alex Wootton is named on the opposite wing with John Porch completing the side from full-back.

    Galway native Dylan Tierney-Martin could be in line to make his Connacht pro debut, with the hooker named among the replacements.

  • The Connacht management team have again drafted the three representatives in the Ireland Six Nations squad straight into the starting team for tomorrow’s crucial Guinness PRO14 interpro away to Munster (k/o 7.35pm).
     
    Bundee Aki is retained at centre following his release from Ireland duty last weekend, while Dave Heffernan and Ultan Dillane both start at hooker and second row respectively.
     
    In all there are 7 changes from the side that secured a last-minute win at Benetton. Denis Buckley comes into an experienced front row with Heffernan and Finlay Bealham, while Gavin Thornbury in the second row alongside Dillane.
     
    Conor Oliver starts at openside flanker to face his former club, joining captain Jarrad Butler and Paul Boyle to complete the pack.
     
    There’s a new look half-back pairing of Caolin Blade and Jack Carty, while there are also new faces on the wings with Matt Healy and John Porch coming into the starting line-up. 12, 13 and 15 are unchanged from the Benetton win with Aki, Tom Daly and Tiernan O’Halloran all retained.
     
    In all 9 of the starting 15 are Connacht centurions as the side look to extend an all-time club record of 5 straight wins away from home.
      
    CONNACHT MATCHDAY 23 VS MUNSTER RUGBY
    Friday 5th March, Thomond Park, kick-off 7.35pm

    Name/Number/Caps
    15. Tiernan O’Halloran (189)
    14. John Porch (33)
    13. Tom Daly (40)
    12. Bundee Aki (108)
    11. Matt Healy (145)
    10. Jack Carty (151)
    9. Caolin Blade (124)
    1. Denis Buckley (194)
    2. Dave Heffernan (138)
    3. Finlay Bealham (152)
    4. Ultan Dillane (108)
    5. Gavin Thornbury (52)
    6. Jarrad Butler (68) (C)
    7. Conor Oliver (14)
    8. Paul Boyle (52)

    Replacements
    16. Shane Delahunt (92)
    17. Matthew Burke (19)
    18. Jack Aungier (11)
    19. Niall Murray (11)
    20. Eoghan Masterson (104)
    21. Kieran Marmion (178)
    22. Sean O’Brien (Acad) (4)
    23. Alex Wootton (15)

  • Connacht have signed Australian international centre, Kyle Godwin.

    The 25-year old will link up with his new team-mates at the Sportsgrounds in the summer after two-years with Super Rugby side, Brumbies.

    Godwin won his solitary Wallabies cap in their test with France in November of 2016.

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    Connacht have signed Fijian winger Sevu Reece for the upcoming season.

    The 21 year old has yet to be capped at international level, but was part of the New Zealand Barbarians side that played the Lions last year.

    He will arrive in Galway after completing the current season with Waikato.

  • Ireland-qualified Australian Mack Hansen has signed for Connacht ahead of the 2021-22 season.

    The 23-year-old can play across the back three or as out-half, and has played a key role in the Brumbies' Super Rugby AU campaign this season, featuring in all eight games and scoring three tries.

    Hansen, whose mother hails from Cork came through the ranks at the Australian side, playing for Canberra’s Daramalan School and later the Canberra Vikings before moving on to the professional ranks in 2018, while also representing the Australian U20s in the World Cup that same year.
     
    Hansen was handed his full debut for the Brumbies in March 2019, coming off the bench in a win over the Waratahs. Despite the disruption of the Super Rugby calendar due to COVID-19, Hansen has been an ever-present member of the squad since his first start last July. He was named Super Rugby Player of the Round in Round 2 after scoring a hat-trick in their win over the Waratahs. He has made 11 clean breaks this season, putting him in 2nd place for most clean breaks by any player across both Super Rugby leagues, and sits in the top 10 for most metres carried.
     
    Hansen has signed a two-year deal with Connacht and will link up with the squad for 2021/22 pre-season training later in the summer.
     

  • Connacht have bolster their squad for next season with the signing of lock Joe Maksymiw from the Leicester Tigers.

    The 22-year-old was part of England under 18's tour to South Africa in 2014, but can still play for Ireland.

  • Connacht have signed up six promising young players on senior contracts for rugby's resumption.

     The six contracts all come from players making the step up for the Academy. Niall Murray, Jordan Duggan, Colm Reilly, Sean Masterson - younger brother of current Connacht player Eoghan - Conor Dean and Peter Sullivan are the six players who will be in the squad for next season.

    Connacht head coach Andy Friend says he's a firm believer that a club’s lifeline is its Academy structure, "and this exciting group of young players proves that the Connacht Academy is extremely healthy, and will continue to have a positive impact on our squad going forward”.

     

  • Connacht have formally submitted a planning application to Galway City Council for the redevelopment of the Sportsground.

    The Western Province say they have received widespread support from the public and elected representatives, since unveiling their plans in October.

    The 30 million euro project will provide a stadium that can accommodate 12 thousand spectators and a new high performance training centre.

     

     

  • Connacht have been beaten 32-17 by Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup.

    The Westerners conceded 11 penalties in the loss.

    Connacht will now have back to back games with Gloucester next month.

  • Edinburgh maintained their unbeaten home run in all competitions when they claimed a 41-14 PRO14 bonus-point win over Connacht in tricky conditions at Murrayfield.

  • Ulster secured a comfortable 35-3 victory over Irish rivals Connacht in rugby union's Pro14.

     

    They crossed the line five times with different try scorers to wrap up the bonus point win.

     

    They remain second in conference A, while Connacht start third in conference B.