Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht will have to plan without their player of the year Colby Fainga'a for Saturday's Champions Cup clash with Gloucester and next week's inter-pro derby against Munster, due to a knee ligament injury.

    He sustained a repeat of a medial ligament injury in the early stages of Connacht's European defeat to Gloucester last weekend, and could be out until the New Year.

    Connacht will also be without Tiernan O'Halloran and Kieran Marmion for those two pre-Christmas games due to injury.

     

     

  • Connacht's Colby Fainga'a could be poised for a move to big-spending Lyon.

    The flanker has been with the western province since joining from Melbourne Rebels in the summer of 2018.

    But reports in France say Lyon are in advanced talks with Fainga'a as they look to rejuvinate their back row.

     

     

  • Connacht and Ireland out-half Jack Carty believes the IRFU made the best of a bad situation by implementing pay deferrals for the duration of the current crisis.

    Last Friday, the union announced that all of their more than 500 staff would be taking a temporary pay cut on a tiered basis that hits their highest earners hardest.

    Chief executive Philip Browne has described the situation as a major cash-flow issue, saying the union are "burning up cash" as they wait for play to resume when Government restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted.

    The IRFU and other governing bodies remain in the dark about a return date and while it is hoped games can be played in July, there are fears the crisis could go on much longer with Browne warning that anything beyond September could threaten the IRFU's existence.

    Given that scenario, Carty told the Irish Independent he welcomed the move that was designed to maintain jobs.

  • Connacht scum half Kieran Marmion is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

    The 26 year old requires surgery on an ankle injury and will be unavailable for selection until February.

    Marmion was injured during Ireland's November Test against Argentina, but still started Saturday's historic win over the All Blacks.

    He will sit out his Province's European Challenge Cup games against Perpignan, Sale and Bordeaux and the Christmas Inter Provincials, but could be fit for the start of the Six Nations. 

  • Connacht prop Paddy McAllister will face a PRO 14 Disciplinary Committee tomorrow, after being cited for an alleged dangerous tackle during the first half of his side's heavy defeat to Ulster.

    McAllister escaped punishment at the time after the incident, when he appeared to make contact with the head of Ulster number 8 Marcell Coetzee (PRON: COOTZ-EE-AH) on Friday night.

    Connacht travel to face Leinster this Saturday for their final Irish Derby of the festive season.

     

  • Connacht and Munster's upcoming PRO14 games in Italy have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Munster had been due to play Bennetton in Treviso on March 21st while Connacht were set to play Zebre in Parma on March 28th.

    The PRO14 say they've made the decision in the interest of the safety of players, staff and fans.

  • Connacht Junior Cup Semi-Finals
    Castlebar 15-25 Creggs
    Tuam 6-18 Connemara 

     

  • Connacht have confirmed that Denis Buckley has signed a contract extension with the province.

    The prop's new deal will keep him at the Sportsground until the end of the 2020-21 season.

    Buckley has won over 150 caps for Connacht since make his debut back in 2011

  • A repeat of last year’s Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior A Cup final will kick-off the 2020 edition of the tournament.
     
    Reigning champions Garbally College and finalists CBS Roscommon have been paired together in Pool 1, and they’ll meet in the opening pool game on the week of the 13th January with Garbally having home advantage.
     
    Summerhill College are the third team in Pool 1, while Pool 2 is made up of Marist College, Sligo Grammar and The Jes.
     
    The draw for all six Cups took place at the Sportsground’s Heineken Clubhouse last Saturday prior to Connacht’s Guinness PRO14 game with the Southern Kings.
     
    In the Junior A Cup Garbally also go in as reigning champions, and they’ve been paired alongside Marist College, Sligo Grammar and The Bish in Pool 1.
     
    Pool 2 consists of The Jes, St. Muiredach’s, Summerhill College and CBS Roscommon, and those opening pool games also take place the week of the 13th January.
     
    The finals take place in March 2020 at The Sportsground, with the Senior A, Junior A and Senior B deciders on Wednesday 11th, and the Junior B, Senior C and Junior C finals two weeks later on Wednesday 25th.
     

     
    TOP OIL 2020 CONNACHT SCHOOLS CUP DRAW
     
    Senior A Cup
    Pool 1: Garbally College, CBS Roscommon, Summerhill College
    Pool 2: Marist College, Sligo Grammar, Colaiste Iognaid
     
    Junior A Cup
    Pool 1: Garbally College, Marist College, Sligo Grammar, The Bish
    Pool 2: Colaiste Iognaid, St. Muiredach’s, Summerhill College, CBS Roscommon
     
    Senior B Cup
    Pool 1: The Bish, St. Paul’s Oughterard, Colaiste Einde, St. Jarlath’s College
    Pool 2: Presentation Headford, Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain, St Muiredach’s
    Pool 3: Gort CS, Presentation Athenry, HRC Mountbellew
     
    Junior B Cup
    Pool 1: Presentation Athenry, Presentation Headford, Calasanctius Oranmore, Gallen CS
    Pool 2: HRC Mountbellew, St Paul’s Oughterard, Colaiste Einde
    Pool 3: St Gerald’s Castlebar, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Athlone CC
     
    Senior C Cup
    Pool 1: Gortnor Abbey, Sancta Maria College, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Roscommon CC
    Pool 2: St Brigid’s Loughrea, St. Joseph's Foxford, St Tiernan’s Crossmolina, Abbey CC
    Pool 3: Athlone CC, Clifden CS, Gallen CS
     
    Junior C Cup
    Pool 1: Portumna CS, Sancta Maria College, Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain
    Pool 2: Colaiste Chiaran, Gortnor Abbey, Rice College
    Pool 3: Abbey CC, Swinford, St Mary’s Ballygar
    Pool 4: St Jarlath’s College, Clifden CS, Enniscrone

  • Connacht have tied Eoghan Masterson to a new two-year contract.

    The back row will stay at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2020.

    Masterson has made nearly 60-appearances for Connacht, almost half of which have come this season.

  • Fijian winger Sevu Reece won't be joining Connacht.

    The Westerner Province and the I-R-F-U have announced they will not proceed with his contract following a recent court appearance.

    Connacht agreed a deal with the 21 year old in May, however he was fined but discharged without conviction after a domestic violence incident in New Zealand recently.

  • Fixtures for the 2019/20 Connacht J1A, J1B and J1C Leagues were confirmed today, with 23 teams competing across the 3 divisions with the opening round of games taking place on the 15th of September in J1A and J1B. J1C will kick off a week later on Saturday 21st of September (Saturday due to World Cup fixtures).
     
    Reigning J1A and Junior Cup champions Connemara RFC will get their campaign underway at home to Castlebar RFC. Cawley Cup winners Creggs RFC, who pushed Connemara all the way in the league last term, will open up with a home game against Sligo RFC (2nd XV). Newly promoted Tuam RFC will play their first J1A game away to Westport RFC. The final fixture of the opening weekend will see Buccaneers RFC (2nd XV) host Monivea RFC.
     
    Meanwhile in J1B newcomers Ballina RFC (2nd XV) will open up with a tricky Mayo derby against Ballinrobe RFC. Elsewhere there is also a Galway City derby between NUIG RFC and Galwegians RFC (2nd XV). NUIG narrowly missed out on promotion to J1A last season, losing in a play-off against Westport. Both of these sides are likely to be among the favourites to compete for the J1B league title this season. The final two games on the opening weekend of the J1B League will see Corrib RFC host Corinthians RFC (2nd XV) and Dunmore RFC will welcome Loughrea RFC in a repeat of last seasons Curley Cup Final where Dunmore took home the honours.
     
    7 teams will compete in the J1C league next season meaning one team will be idle each weekend. Last seasons J2 League winners Carrick on Shannon RFC will be the first side to have a weekend off. The other newly promoted side Tuam RFC (2nd XV) will begin with a trip to face Creggs RFC (2nd XV). The other 2 games on the opening weekend will take place in Galway City with OLBC RFC hosting Ballyhaunis RFC and Corinthians RFC (3rd XV) welcoming Ballinasloe RFC.

  • Former Ireland Under 20 captain Paul Boyle has signed his first senior professional contract with Connacht.

    The Wexford native has been part of the Westerner's Academy since 2017.

    Handing Boyle a deal which runs until 2021, head coach Andy Friend has described the back row as a big powerful player who shows real maturity.

     

  • Former Ulster hooker Jonny Murphy is joining Connacht.

    The 26 year old is an Ireland underage international and will leave the Rotherham Titans for the Westerner Province in the summer.

  • Connacht Rugby will have the Galway Senior Camogie team as guests of honour at The Sportsground on Saturday.

    The All-Ireland champs will be introduced to the crowd at HT of their #GuinnessPRO14 game with Benetton.

    Kickoff is at 7:35.

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    Connacht Junior Rugby League

    Ballina 16 Connemara 10

  • Ireland U18 Clubs Head Coach Fiach O’Loughlin has named his squad for this Saturday’s test vs Italy in Treviso (kick off 4pm).

    The squad includes 11 of the Connacht U18 side that won the interprovincial crown in August – the province’s first title at U18 level for 10 years.

     

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    Name

    Club/Academy

    Province

    1

    Monty Royston

    Hartpury RFC

    IQ Rugby

    2

    Eoin de Buitléar

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    3

    Cian Scanlon

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    4

    Darragh Murray

    Buccaneers RFC

    Connacht

    5

    Jay Traynor

    Waterpark RFC

    Munster

    6

    Mark Boyle

    Gorey RFC

    Leinster

    7

    Oisin McCormack

    Ballinasloe RFC

    Connacht

    8

    Donnacha Byrne

    Sligo RFC

    Connacht

    9

    Aodha Hession

    Creggs RFC

    Connacht

    10

    Michael Cooke

    Newcastle Falcons

    IQ Rugby

    11

    Zach Kavanagh

    Bristol Bears

    IQ Rugby

    12

    Karl Martin

    Boyne RFC

    Leinster

    13

    Shane Jennings

    Ballinasloe RFC

    Connacht

    14

    Josh O’Connor

    Wexford Wanderers RFC

    Leinster

    15

    Jamie Osbourne

    Naas RFC

    Leinster

    16

    Dylan Murphy

    Nenagh RFC

    Munster

    17

    Liam Bishop

    Yorkshire Carnegie RFC

    IQ Rugby

    18

    Darragh McCarthy

    Cobh Pirates RFC

    Munster

    19

    Cathal Fleming

    Monivea RFC

    Connacht

    20

    Hubert Costello

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    21

    Ethan Coughlan

    Ennis RFC

    Munster

    22

    Cathal Forde

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    23

    Conor O’Shaughnessy

    Galwegians RFC

    Connacht

     

    Head Coach – Fiach O’Loughlin

    Assistant Coach – Johnny Graham

    Team Manager – Philip Coyle

    S&C – Matt Godfrey

    Baggage Master – Mick Coughlan

    Physio – Nicola Bolger

    Doctor – Padraig Sheeran

    Analyst – Jim Herring

  • The Irish rugby squad for this month's World Cup in Japan has been confirmed, with Devin Toner expected to be the highest profile absentee.

    Schmidt's 31 man squad was scheduled to be publicly announced next Sunday, but after details were leaked to the media, the IRFU have now confirmed the squad.

    Veteran lock Toner has missed out on selection, with Munster's Jean Kleyn included in his place.

    Jack Carty has beaten Ross Byrne to the third outhalf position, while Luke McGrath is chosen in favour of Connacht's Kieran Marmion.

    Ulster pair Jordi Murphy and Jack McGrath have also reportedly been left on standby.

    There is one change to the squad which had been reported, with Munster centre Chris Farrell chosen over Will Addison.

  • Connacht have been handed a fitness boost ahead of their trip to Zebre in the Guinness Pro14 this weekend.

    Ireland out-half Jack Carty has returned to full training after recovering from an arm injury suffered in their Challenge Cup defeat at Sale last Friday.

    Finlay Bealham will sit out his weekend's game with a hand injury while Dominic Robertson McCoy is a doubt due to back problems.

     

     

     

  • Jack Carty has signed a new two-year deal with Connacht.

    The out-half's new deal will keep him at the Sportsground until the summer of 2021.

    Carty has been in fine form for his province this season, scoring 109 points in his 12 Pro 14 appearances -  the second highest in the competition.