Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht have pulled off a dramatic 27-24 win over Gloucester in the European Champions Cup.

    A late try from Robin Copeland gave the Westerners a win that lifts them off the bottom of Pool One - and still in the hunt for the knockout stages.

    Caolin Blade and Shane Delahunt were the other try scorers for Connacht.

  • Connacht have confirmed the signing of former Munster prop Rory Burke.

    The 25-year old will join from English Championship side Nottingham ahead of the 2019-20 season.

    Burke's spent two-years in Nottingham and is a former Ireland under-20 international.

    Connacht have also confirmed that Academy scrum-half Stephen Kerins has signed his first professional contract.

     

     

  • Connacht have confirmed the signing of Robin Copeland.

    The back-row forward has signed a two-year contract at the Sportsground after it was announced last week he was to end his four-seasons with Munster.

    He will join Connacht at the end of the current season on a 2-year contract.

    Copeland has made over 60 appearances for Munster during four seasons with the club and previously played over 50 times with the Cardiff Blues.

    At international level, Copeland was capped for the Irish Senior International side when he made his debut against Georgia in November 2014. The back row has also represented the Irish Wolfhounds and Emerging Ireland sides.

     

  • Connacht have confirmed that they've parted ways with head-coach Kieran Keane.

    The 64-year-old had completed just one year of his three year term at the Sportsground.

    It was a disappointed season for the westerners who finished second bottom of Conference A of the Guinness PRO-14.

  • Connacht have been dealt a blow with centre Tom Farrell set to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

    The 26-year-old, who scored a try in last weekend's Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse, has a fractured shoulder.

    In better news for the province, Andy Friend will have a number of players returning for this Saturday's Pro14 visit of the Southern Kings.

    Bundee Aki, captain Jarrad Butler, Denis Buckley, and Niyi Adeolokun are among those back in the fold.

  • Andy Friend's Connacht were beaten 35 points to 29 by Montpellier today.

    Going into the game, neither side could have progressed to the knock-out stages of the competition.

  • The draw for next season's European Champions Cup has taken place in Switzerland.

    Munster has been handed a difficult pool alongside reigning champions Saracens, as well as Simon Zebo's Racing 92 and Ospreys.

    Leo Cullen's Leinster are in alongside Lyon, Northampton Saints and Italian side Benetton.

    While, Ulster will play Clermont Auvergne (PRON: Oh-verne), Harlequins and Bath.

    Connacht, who are back in the competition for the first time since 2016 have been drawn with Toulouse, Gloucester and Montpellier.

    The other pool includes Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle alongside Exeter Chiefs, Glasgow Warriors and the Sale Sharks.

     

  • The Connacht Eagles make the trip to Ospreys in the Celtic Cup on Saturday.

    After defeating dragons in the Showgrounds last Friday in the opening round, the Connacht young guns will hope to continue that form into Saturday’s away clash.

    Kick-off in Bridgend is at 12 noon on Saturday.

  • Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran is a doubt for their Challenge Cup quarter-final next month after suffering a hamstring injury.

    The Ireland international came off after just eight minutes of the Westerners win against the Ospreys last weekend and the province say he'll be sidelined for 'a few weeks'.

    It also ends O'Halloran's chances of being called up to the Ireland squad for the rest of the Six Nations Championship.

  • Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran has been ruled out for two months.

     

    The Ireland international has undergone surgery after suffering a broken fibula and will miss most of their Champions Cup pool stage campaign.

     

    Head-coach Andy Friend has also revealed that new signing Paddy McAllister will be out until Christmas with a knee injury. 

  • Connacht have confirmed they've been granted full planning permission for their re-development of the Sportsground.

    The 30-million Euro upgrade will bring the stadium capacity up to 12-thousand and the works will also include a high-performance centre and greyhound track.

  • Connacht coach Andy Friend is hoping for a big finish to the season from Robin Copeland as they bid to nail down a PRO14 play-off spot, and automatic entry to the Heineken Champions Cup.

    Injuries have forced 31-year old Copeland to just appear 8 times for Connacht this season, but he came off the bench in Parma on Saturday to see Connacht over the line.

    The Westerners had a hard-fought 6-5 win over Zebre on Saturday evening and have a four-point lead over Cardiff Blues, who visit the Sportsground next Saturday.

     

     

  • It's been reported that Connacht have signed versatile Australian back Will Goddard as short-term injury cover.

    Goddard's joined from Brumbies but will not be registered for Heineken Champions Cup action.

    He's been signed as cover for the injured Tiernan O'Halloran and will return to the Brumbies at the turn of the year.

    Connacht have added Peter McCabe and Niall Murray to their European squad for Paddy McAllister and Sean O'Brien.

  • Connacht will hope to continue their winning run when they play Leinster on Saturday.

    The Connacht squad will head to the home of the Pro14 and European champions on the back of a five-match winning run, and are fully focused on achieving a rare win in Dublin.

     

     

  • Connacht are hoping to get back to winning ways after last weekend's defeat at Edinburgh when they host Scarlets at the Sportsground.

    Former Munster forward Robin Copeland makes his debut for Connacht at number-eight while Ireland centre Bundee Aki starts for the first-time this season in the quarter-past-five kick-off.

    Scarlets, who are chasing a third successive win, have welcomed Rhys Patchell back at out-half.

  • Connact are in PRO 14 action today away to the Scarlets at 5.15pm and Leinster face Benetton in Italy at the same time.

    Before that at 3pm Munster host the Dragons.

    Ireland have slumped to a 19-12 defeat against Japan at the Rugby World Cup.

    A try from Kenki Fukuoka in the 59th minute turned the game in favour of the hosts.

    Ireland had led up to that point after first half tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney.

    Joe Schmidt's side failed to score in the second half and had to settle for a losing bonus point.

  • Connacht Junior Cup Quarter-Finals

    BUCCANEERS  V   BALLINROBE

    CASTLEBAR  V   CORRIB  

    CONNEMARA  V   CREGGS

    CORINTHIANS V MONIVEA

  • Connacht Juniors Teamsheet

    Versus

    Munster

    Location, Date & Time

    Creggs RFC –11th May 2019 – Kick Off  2.30pm

    Connacht Team

    1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Barry Gibbons (Connemara RFC)

    3

    Ian Staunton (Connemara RFC)

    4

    Niall Staunton (Connemara RFC)

    5

    Gerard Ward ( Monivea RFC)

    6

    Brian Diffley (Creggs RFC)

    7

    Owen Treacy (Buccaneers RFC)

    8

    TJ Berry (Connemara RFC)

    9

    Micheal O Toole (Connemara RFC)

    10

    Shane Dowd (Creggs RFC)

    11

    Conor Carter (Castlebar RFC)

    12

    David McDonagh (Connemara RFC) Capt.

    13

    Sean Mullin (Sligo RFC)

    14

    Marty Conneely (Connemara RFC)

    15

    Henry O Toole (Connemara RFC)

         

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Maurice Buckley (Creggs RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Sean O Connell (Buccaneers RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Conor Mitchell (Sligo RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Brian Donohue (Creggs RFC)

    20

    Alan Finnerty (Tuam RFC)

    21

    Andrew Callaghan (Creggs RFC)

    22

    Craig McCormick (Ballina RFC)

    23

    Robert Enright Mooney (Buccaneers RFC)

     

  • The Connacht team has been named to take on Ulster in a Junior Interprovincial match at Castlebar Rugby Club this Saturday – with kick-off at 2.30

     

    1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Barry Gibbons (Connemara RFC)

    3

    Conor Mitchell (Sligo RFC)

    4

    Niall Staunton (Connemara RFC)

    5

    Gerard Ward ( Monivea RFC)

    6

    Brian Diffley (Creggs RFC)

    7

    James Brandon (Creggs RFC)

    8

    TJ Berry (Connemara RFC)

    9

    Micheal O Toole (Connemara RFC)

    10

    Shane Dowd (Creggs RFC)

    11

    Conor Carter (Castlebar RFC)

    12

    David McDonagh (Connemara RFC) Capt.

    13

    Craig McCormick (Ballina RFC)

    14

    Marty Conneely (Connemara RFC)

    15

    Henry O Toole (Connemara RFC)

     

     

  • 1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC) Captain

    3

    Ryan O Meara (Buccaneers RFC)

    4

    Rob Holian (Ballinrobe RFC)

    5

    Eddie Dunning ( Westport RFC)

    6

    Rossa Dooley (Buccaneers RFC)

    7

    Stephen Joyce (Monivea RFC)

    8

    Roy Stanley (NUIG RFC)

    9

    Ryan Guilfoyle (NUIG RFC)

    10

    Niall Gray (Sligo RFC)

    11

    Tom Staunton (Ballinrobe RFC)

    12

    Daniel Keane (Ballinrobe RFC)

    13

    Matthew Mannion(Monivea RFC)

    14

    James Kennedy (NUIG RFC)

    15

    Dean McMahon (Buccaneers RFC)

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Ger Fahy (Monivea RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Padraic Mannion (Monivea RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Michael McColgan (NUIG RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Vinny Lally (Monivea RFC)

    20

    Ross Hickey (Buccaneers RFC)

    21

    Alan Brandon (Creggs RFC)

    22

    Luke Staunton (Castlebar RFC)

    23

    Jack Rowland (Castlebar RFC)