Connacht Rugby

  • 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.

     

     

     

  • New Connacht coach Andy Friend has selected back-row Jarrad Butler as his captain for the coming season.

    Butler made 19 appearances for the Westerners in his debut season at the Sportsground.

    The 27-year-old will qualify to play for Ireland in 2020.

     

  • Connacht captain Jarrad Butler has committed his future to the province by signing a contract extension which will keep him at the Sportsground until the summer of 2022.

    The 28-year-old back-row forward, who becomes Irish qualified next year, says he's 'hugely honoured' to extend his stay at the western province.

    Butler was capped at under-20 level by Australia and was Connacht's player of the season in 2018.

  • Former Australian Sevens star John Porch gets his first start for Connacht against the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

    He's been selected on the wing ahead of Stephen Fitzgerald with Kieran Marmion again among the replacements.

    The game kicks off at 7.35pm tomorrow evening.

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    A disappointing first season looks like costing Kieran Keane his job at Connacht.

    The province is reportedly ready to part ways with their head coach just one-year into a three-year deal.

    Connacht finished second-from-bottom in Conference A of the Pro 14, with Saturday's 47-10 win over Leinster being just their seventh victory of the season.

  • 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.

  • Irish Rugby international and Connacht Star Dave Heffernan joined Michael D. McAndrew today on Midwest Radio's Sport Show.

    The Ballina native made his first senior start from the province eight years ago and since then has gone on to become one of their most influential players.

    Heffernan was included in this Year's Six Nation Squad and made his debut off the bench against the USA in a summer tour in 2017.

     

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  • 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