Connacht Rugby

  • Irish international scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a three year contract extension with Connacht up to the end of the 2022/23 season.

    The 27 year old joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 and, since his arrival in the Sportsground, has played over 160 games for the province.

    Marmion’s outstanding form during his time with Connacht has led to him being capped 27 times for Ireland since making his debut against Argentina in 2014.

  • Sean O'Brien has been named on the Leinster bench for tomorrow's Pro 14 interprovincial against Connacht in Galway.

    The Ireland and Lions flanker is set to make his first appearance for the Province after an injury ridden season.

    Robbie Henshaw will miss the match against his old team.

    Joe Tomane partners Garry Ringrose in the centre for the first time.

    Connacht captain Jarrad Butler has been ruled out due to injury.

    Hooker Dave Heffernan will take over the skipper's duties.

    Leinster suffered a heavy defeat when they visited the Sportsground in April.

  • Munster moved four points clear of Connacht at the top of Conference B in the Pro14 yesterday evening courtesy of a 19-14 victory at The Sportsground.

    Jack O'Donoghue's 25th-minute try, coupled with 14 points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan, secured a sixth league win of the season for Johann van Graan's side.

    Shannon clubman 20-year old scrum-half Craig Casey made his first ever start in the win and van Graan praised him afterward saying he has a bright career in front of him.

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    Paddy Jackson will be making a sooner-than-expected return to Irish shores.

    His new side Perpignan have been drawn in the same European Challenge Cup pool as Connacht.

    Joining them in a tough Pool 3 will be Sale and Bordeaux-Begles.

  • Portwest , in partnership with Connacht Rugby, has launched a new road safety for all campaign, Be Bright on Safety, which also aims to set a new World Record.

    Portwest, headquartered in Westport designs and manufactures protective and safety clothing

    The World Record the partnership plans to break is for the most people wearing high visibility vests, which will also highlight the importance and responsibility of all road users when it comes to safety this winter.

    The World Record attempt will take place at The Sportground in Galway, where Connacht Rugby take on Munster on Saturday 21st December in the Guinness Pro14 Championship.

    Anne McNicholas, Sales and Marketing Manager at Portwest told Midwest News today that the Christmas interprovincial game between Connacht and Munster is always highly anticipated and a guaranteed sell-out at The Sportsground, and they aim to double the current world record and hopefully have 5,000 people all in hi-vis vests on the night.

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    Ireland lock Quinn Roux is a major doubt for Connacht's crucial Guinness Pro14 clash with Cardiff on Saturday.

    He's been struck down with a virus and head-coach Andy Friend says it's 'very unlikely' that Roux will recover in time.

    Centres Bundee Aki and Tom Farrell are both expected to return to the starting 15 as Connacht seek a win that would secure their place in next season's Heineken Champions Cup.

     

     

  • Connacht gear up for their European Challenge Cup quarter final with a Pro 14 match against Edinburgh at the Sportsground this evening.

    Ireland lock Quinn Roux is back in the starting 15 alongside Flanker Eoin McKeon who has been out of action since November due to injury.

    Kick off is at 7.35.

  • Quinn Roux's another that has been released from international duty, and he's on the bench for Connacht's meeting with the Ospreys in the Pro 14.

    Second row Andrew Browne finally returns from an Achilles to make his first appearance of the season.

    While James Cannon and out-half Craig Ronaldson are also restored to the Connacht side.

  • Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced that Ireland international Quinn Roux has signed a two-year contract extension up to the end of the 2020/21 season.

     

    He has made 85 appearances so far for the province and won six Ireland caps.

     

    Quinn Roux previously played for the Stormers, Western Province and Leinster.

     

    He joined Connacht initially on a loan deal in 2014 before signing a full-time contract in 2015.

     

    The 27-year-old South African-born lock was a central figure in Connacht's GUINNESS PRO12 title win in 2016 and made his Ireland debut on the tour to South Africa in the same year.

  • Quin Roux will Captain Connacht on his 100th appearance for the side when they host Munster on Saturday

    The second row is one of 6 changes to the western Province from last weekend.

    Tiernan O’Halloran also returns to the Connacht side.

    While CJ Stander will skipper a Munster side that shows 10 changes from last weekend's loss to Saracens in the Heineken European Champions Cup.

    Kick off at the Sportsground tomorrow is at 5.15

  • Quinn Roux's hopes of returning to the Irish side for the start of the Six Nations have been dashed, with the 29-year old having to undergo surgery for a hand injury.

    The lock forward suffered a hand injury playing for Connacht against Munster before Christmas and he is now expected to be out of training until February.

  • Connacht's Quinn Roux will miss their trip to Munster in the Guinness Pro14 this Saturday.

    The second-row is still battling a virus and head-coach Andy Friend admits he's now a doubt for their quarter-final at Ulster on Saturday week.

    But tighthead prop Finlay Bealham is in line to return against Munster after recovering from a hand injury suffered in their defeat to Sale last month.

     

  • 20 year old Roscommon man Niall Murray will have his first start for Connacht at the RDS against Leinster tomorrow in the Pro 14 at 5.30

    Gavin Thornbury has returned from injury to partner Murray in the second row, one of ten changes to the team beaten by Ulster.

    Caolin Blade continues as captain, again partnering Conor Fitzgerald in the half backs, with Tom Daly the only other name retained in the backline.

    Connacht Matchday Squad

     (1-8): Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Niall Murray, Gavin Thornbury, Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Robin Copeland.

    (15-9): Stephen Fitzgerald, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Tom Daly, John Porch, Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade (Capt)

    Replacements: Tom McCartney, Paddy McAllister, Conor Kenny, Joe Maksymiw, Sean Masterson, Stephen Kerins, David Horwitz, Tiernan O'Halloran

  • Saturday

    Senior Cup

    Galweigans v Ballina Crowley Park prelim a   2:30 

    All Ireland Junior Cup

    Castlebar v Ballyclare     Cloondeash       2:30

  • Connacht lost to Munster at the Sportsground last night, but those in attendance made it into the history books after they broke the world record for the most people wearing a hi-vis jacket in one location at once.

    The record attempt was organised by a partnership between Connacht Rugby and Portwest as part of the 'Be Bright on Safety' campaign, which aims to call attention to the significance and responsibility of all road users when it comes to safety.

    The record attempt took place at half-time in yesterday evenings encounter, with Connacht trailing their southern rivals by seven points.

    Officials at the Sportsgound claim approximately 5,000 fans took part in the record attempt, smashing the previous record of 2,499.

  • TG4 will again broadcast 28 live games free to air this season, as well as deferred coverage of a further 9 interprovincial games.

    This will be followed by a bumper afternoon of live rugby on TG4 on Saturday 28th September as Scarlets take on Connacht.

    A weekly highlights programme will also be broadcast to bring Irish audiences the best action from the Guinness PRO14 Championship.

    TG4’s Rugbaí Beo coverage includes live coverage of all Connacht Rugby’s home games as well as live and exclusive coverage of all Connacht matches against Welsh opposition.

    The coverage will build on last year’s behind the scenes ref-briefings, warm-up interviews with head-coaches and audio-snoops on coaches and players.

    Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill will present the show and there will be expert analysis from Eimear Considine, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Marcus Horan, Ronan Loughney, Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Eamonn Molloy along with a host of others.

  • Government has allocated Connacht Rugby €10 million in funding under the Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.

    The funding will provide for a third of the Sportsground redevelopment fund which is projected in the region of €30m and will have a capacity of 12,000 spectators.

    It is intended that the development will be funded through a combination of public funds, most notably this Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund, and private funding.

    The redevelopment will deliver a modern rugby stadium to the Western province, in addition to a new high-performance training centre for Connacht Rugby, while also retaining existing greyhound racing facilities.

    The redevelopment was made possible following an arrangement reached between the Irish Greyhound Board and the freehold owners of the Sportsground, the Galway Agricultural and Sports Society, with respect to a shared vision for the future of the Sportsground.

    The arrangement with the Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue to be staged at the venue.

    The multi-use facility will also be made available for the hosting of other sporting fixtures and events where such demand arises.

    The strategic benefits of the project to the entire region are also closely aligned with the Government’s National Planning Framework, Project Ireland 2040 as well as the National Sports Policy, all of which highlight the need for a regional spread of capital investment throughout the country.

    Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the announcement of funds saying that 'Connacht Rugby employs 130 people itself, making it a sizeable employer. But the economic spin-off is huge, and the team’s future success on the field will be shared by businesses and individuals throughout the area,'

    She continued to say that 'Today’s announcement that the redevelopment of the Sportsground can proceed is a key part of that future success, making this an extremely exciting time for us fans and other potential beneficiaries in the region.”

    The announcement of the Government funding follows a rigorous process to identify the optimum location, composition and design of the proposed stadium, along with a detailed independent cost-benefit analysis.

  • The Connacht U18 and U19 Squads have been named for their respective interprovincial Championships which begin this weekend.

    Three Ballina rugby players have been included in the respective squads.

    Fiachna Barrett who is a student at St. Brendan’s College in Belmullet is included in the U18 squad.

    Both Alan Duffy and Caolan Hopkins of Ballina Rugby club have been included in the Connacht U19 squad.

    For the second year running the U18’s will be based at the University of Limerick for over a week where the competition will be run off.

    Their opening game comes this Saturday against Ulster before they face Leinster on Wednesday August 21st.

    They complete their campaign with a meeting with Munster on Sunday August 25th at the same venue.

    The U19’s go to the interpros with the bulk of the squad winning the U18 Interprovinical Championship at UL twelve months earlier, and they begin their series away to Munster this Friday at Thomond Park.

    Their one and only home game comes on Wednesday August 21st when the team host Leinster at the Sportsground, and their final game against Ulster on Sunday August 25th will be played at the neutral venue of NUIM Barnhall.

  • Three Connacht players have been named in the Barbarians' squad to face England at Twickenham on Sunday.

    Niyi Adeolokun, Finlay Bealham and Dave Heffernan are among a 23-man panel selected by former Connacht head coach Pat Lam.

     

     

  • Three senior Connacht players have signed new deals with the province.

    Tiernan O'Halloran, Sean O'Brien and Tom Farrell have all agreed contract extensions until the summer of 2022.

    Connacht have also announced the installation of temporary terracing for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with Leinster at the Sportsground.