Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht Juniors Teamsheet

    Versus

    Leinster

    Location, Date & Time

    Wicklow RFC – 4th 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

    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

    Sean Mullin (Sligo RFC)

    14

    Marty Conneely (Connemara RFC)

    15

    Henry O Toole (Connemara RFC)

         

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Maurice Buckley (Creggs RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Conor Mitchell (Sligo RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Brian Donohue (Creggs RFC)

    20

    Alan Finnerty (Tuam RFC)

    21

    Joe Keane (Portumna RFC)

    22

    Craig McCormick (Ballina RFC)

    23

    Robert Enright Mooney (Buccaneers RFC)

     

  • Connacht Juniors Teamsheet

    Versus

    Ulster

    Location, Date & Time

    Ards RFC Newtownards Belfast – 5th May 2018 – Kick Off  2.30pm

    Connacht Team

    1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC) Captain

    3

    Shane McGuinness(Sligo RFC)

    4

    Rob Holian (Ballinrobe RFC)

    5

    Vinnie Lally ( Monivea RFC)

    6

    Rossa Dooley (Buccaneers RFC)

    7

    Stephen Joyce (Monivea RFC)

    8

    Roy Stanley (NUIG RFC)

    9

    Mickey Murphy (Ballina RFC)

    10

    Daniel Keane (Ballinrobe RFC)

    11

    Tom Staunton (Ballinrobe RFC)

    12

    Alex Corduff (Ballina RFC)

    13

    Matthew Mannion(Monivea RFC)

    14

    James Kennedy (NUIG RFC)

    15

    Ryan Guilfoyle (NUIG RFC)

         

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Ger Fahy (Monivea RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Conor Mason (Ballina RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Michael McColgan (NUIG RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Eddie Dunning (Westport RFC)

    20

    Ross Hickey ( Sligo RFC)

    21

    Alan Brandon (Creggs RFC)

    22

    Luke Staunton (Castlebar RFC)

    23

    Dean McMahon (Buccaneers RFC)

  •  The Connacht Ladies will take on the Leinster ladies in the opening game of the inter-provincial championship.

    Donnybrook's Energia Park is to host its first ever Leinster double-bill next month.

    The men's side will face Coventry in a pre-season friendly from 3pm on August 17th as a curtain raiser.

  • Connacht are virtually certain to join the other three Irish provinces in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup following an agreement reached by the board of Celtic Rugby to make the Conference tables as they stood in mid-March after 13 rounds the cut-off point for European qualification.

    The two postponed games from round 13, Benetton v Ulster and Zebre v Ospreys, will be declared 0-0 draws, with two points awarded to each side.

    The Irish Times is reporting that, Under current rules, the top seven in the Pro14 qualify for the Champions Cup, with Connacht currently fourth in Conference B and thus in line to face the Dragons at home were there to be a play-off for that final place.

    However, it is expected that next season’s Champions Cup will be expanded to 24 teams on a one-off basis so as to simply incorporate the top eight from each of the three qualifying competitions – the Pro14, Top 14 and Premiership.

    In that scenario the top four in both Conference A and B would qualify for next season’s Champions Cup, which would include all four Irish provinces along with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scarlets and the Dragons.

  • Connacht will be aiming to beat Ulster in Belfast for the first time in 58 years tonight.

    The Northern Province have recalled Ireland captain Rory Best and wing Jacob Stockdale.

    Connacht captain Jarrad Butler has returned from injury to take his place in the Connacht starting team to face Ulster on Friday in Kingspan Stadium (Kick off 7:35pm).

    Butler is one of four changes to the Connacht side that started against Leinster last weekend. Academy player Paul Boyle also comes into the back row where he is named at number 8.

    There is one change in the front row as Tom McCartney starts at hooker in place of the injured Dave Heffernan who captained the team against Leinster. The remainder of the front 5 is unchanged with props Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham both included as is Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux in the second row. 

    Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion continue their half back partnership as do Bundee Aki and Tom Farrell in the midfield. 

    Matt Healy’s return from injury on the wing sees him included in a back three that includes Niyi Adeolokun on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back. 

    The Connacht team to face Ulster tonight is as follows.

    Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran; Niyi Adeolokun, Tom Farrell, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham; Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux; Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler (C), Paul Boyle

    Reps: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, James Cannon, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Kyle Godwin, Cian Kelleher

  • Connacht have recalled Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion for their game against the Ospreys in Wales tonight.

    Quinn Roux and Finlay Bealham also start.

    Connacht are coming off the back of victories against the Scarlets and Ulster in two of their last three games in the Guinness Pro14 and will look to continue the impetus from those results, given the side that they have brought to Wales.

    Kick-off is at 8.05pm tonight.

  • Connacht are in action this afternoon as they visit Montpellier at 3.15pm.

    The western province are looking to stop a run of four straight defeats.

  • Connacht can reach the European Challenge Cup semi finals for the first time in nine years tonight.

    The Westerners take on Sale Sharks in Manchester.

    Irish internationals Bundee Aki, Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion will all start.

    The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

  • Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has made a number of personnel and positional changes for tomorrow's Heineken Champions Cup tie with Gloucester.

    There's a 50th appearance for the western province for Jarrad Butler, with Eoin McKeon returning at blindside.

    Irish international Jack Carty moves to full-back, with Ultan Dillane and Joe Maksymiw in the second row as Quinn Roux is rested.

    Dave Heffernan comes back in at hooker, while there's a first inclusion among the replacements for Academy lock Niall Murray.

    The game gets underway tomorrow at the Sportsground at 12.45pm, with Connacht losing to the same opposition 26-17 last weekend.


  • Connacht have made five changes to the side which were beaten by Ulster ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Leinster at the RDS.

     

    The province also confirmed a number of players tested positive for Covid-19 this week, a statement said: “This follows the weekly round of PCR testing, and separate tests conducted at the start of the week after a small number of players presented minor symptoms.

     

    “These players along with a number of others identified as close contacts are self-isolating in accordance with public health guidelines.

     

    “In total 68 Connacht players and staff tested negative this week and, following full engagement with public health authorities and Pro14 Rugby, they are satisfied the game can proceed as scheduled.”

     

    In the Connacht pack, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Denis Buckley and Shane Delahunt are named in the frontrow. Quinn Roux captains the side in the secondrow alongside Gavin Thornbury. Sean Masterson, Eoghan Masterson and Conor Oliver complete the pack.

     

    Caolin Blade and Jack Carty start in the halfbacks, with Tom Daly and Sammy Arnold in midfield. Peter Sullivan, Alex Wootton and John Porch complete the back three.

     

    Former Australian Sevens star Ben O’Donnell is in line to make his Connacht debut off the bench.

     

    Meanwhile, Jonathan Sexton will start in the number 10 jersey for Leinster for the clash with Connacht in the RDS on Saturday evening

    The Ireland out half will make his first appearance since leaving the pitch against Scotland in early December.

  • The Connacht management team have made four changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s crucial Guinness PRO14 interpro against Munster at The Sportsground.
     
    After last week’s historic win at the RDS Arena, Andy Friend’s side have been further boosted by the return of a number of internationals and others after injury absences.
     
    The first change comes in the front row where Finlay Bealham is restored to tighthead prop – he lines out alongside Denis Buckley and Shane Delahunt.
     
    After coming off the bench last week, Ultan Dillane now comes into the starting side where he partners Quinn Roux in the second row, with Roux remaining as captain.
     
    The pack is completed by Conor Oliver, Sean Masterson, and Sean O’Brien who has recovered from injury which has kept him out for the last six weeks.
     
    Caolin Blade and Jack Carty continue at 9 and 10 respectively, as do Tom Daly and Sammy Arnold in the centre after brilliant performances last weekend.
     
    The final change comes in the back three where Ben O’Donnell comes in for his first start in a Connacht jersey – forming an exciting trio with Alex Wootton and John Porch.
     
    Among the replacements include the returning Paul Boyle and Irish international Dave Heffernan.
     
    Connacht Rugby can also confirm that all Pro players and management returned negative results in this week’s round of PCR testing. A number of players who have spent the last period in self-isolation will return to training next week.
     

  • Connacht head-coach Andy Friend has made four changes for their game at Edinburgh.

    Denis Buckley and Shane Delahunt come into the front-row with Joe Maksymiw and academy player Niall Murray in the second-row.

    The rest of the side is unchanged from last week's victory over Cardiff in Galway.

  • Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has made a total of ten changes to the side that won away to Perpignan in the European Challenge Cup last weekend, as Connacht take on Leinster in the RDS on Saturday (kick-off 7:45pm).

     Included in the starting side are internationals Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane as Bundee Aki is named among the replacements.

     Bealham comes back into a front row that sees Denis Buckley returning at loosehead and Tom McCartney retained at hooker. In the second row Dillane will line up alongside Gavin Thornbury with James Cannon named among the replacements.

     Captain Jarrad Butler comes into the side alongside Colby Fainga'a and Paul Boyle at number 8.

     Jack Carty and Caolin Blade renew their half-back partnership, while the back three sees Darragh Leader come in for Matt Healy who picked up a knock in training during the week, with Cian Kelleher named on the opposite wing with Tiernan O'Halloran at full back. The midfield pairing of Tom Farrell and Kyle Godwin completes the side.

     

     (15-9) Tiernan O'Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Darragh Leader, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury, Jarrad Butler (Capt), Colby Fainga'a, Paul Boyle.

    Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson McCoy, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, James Mitchell, David Horwitz, Bundee Aki.

  • Head Coach Andy Friend has made three changes to the Connacht starting team for the visit of Benetton to the Sportsground tomorrow evening Saturday at 7:35pm.
     
    Darragh Leader, Peter Robb and Paul Boyle all come into the side as Connacht hope to bounce back from a defeat away to Scarlets on the opening day of the season.
     
    Leader’s inclusion on the wing sees him come into a back three with Matt Healy on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back, while Robb will form a midfield partnership with Kyle Godwin.
     
    Conor Fitzgerald and Caolin Blade will continue their half-back partnership with Kieran Marmion named among the replacements.
     
    Paul Boyle at number 8 is the only change among the forwards with Captain Jarrad Butler named at openside and Eoghan Masterson at blindside. Masterson’s brother Sean is named among the replacements, with the 21 year old Academy player set for his senior debut having impressed for the Connacht Eagles in their five wins so far in the Celtic Cup.
     
    The front five remains unchanged with Paddy McAllister retained after his debut against Scarlets in a front row that includes hooker Tom McCartney and Finlay Bealham at tighthead. The side is completed with locks Gavin Thornbury and Quinn Roux.

  • Connacht head coach Andy Friend has changed just two of his winning team for their trip to the Dragons in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow evening.

    Sammy Arnold and Eoghan Masterson come into the starting 15.

    The game at Rodney Parade gets underway at 7.35pm tomorrow.

  • There were wins last night in the PRO 14 for both Connacht and Leinster.

    Two tries from John Porch either side of half-time saw Andy Friend's Connacht pick up a bonus point at the Sportsground.

    Bundee Aki also went over the line, just a day after committing his future to the province.

    And Finlay Bealham got his name on the score sheet too in the 24-12 win that secured them the maximum five points and sends them second in Conference B.

  • Connacht have moved up to second in Conference B of the Guinness Pro 14.

    Captain for the night Paul Boyle scored a hat-trick of tries in a 31-points to 14 bonus point win over Benetton.

  • Bundee Aki has been included in the starting fifteen for Connacht ahead of their Pro14 clash away to Benetton tomorrow.

    The 30-year-old centre has been released from the Ireland camp in order to feature against the Italian side.

    Oisin Dowling has also been handed his first start for the province, having featured off the bench in the last two games.

    Dowling is joined alongside Gavin Thornbury in the second row, with Paddy McAllister, Shane Delahunt and Finlay Bealham completing the tight five. The back row is unchanged from the win over Cardiff Blues last time out, with Paul Boyle at number 8 alongside flankers Eoghan Masterson and captain Jarrad Butler.

    There’s a new-look half-back pairing with Kieran Marmion alongside Conor Fitzgerald, while Tom Daly partners Aki in the centre. Finally Tiernan O’Halloran is handed his first start in nearly two months after recovering from injury, taking his place at full-back with Alex Wootton and Peter Sullivan on the wings.

    There’s an experienced look to the bench with centurions Denis Buckley, Caolin Blade and Jack Carty all included.

  • Connacht captain Jarrad Butler returns for their clash with Toulouse at the Sportsground.

    Irish internationals Bundee Aki, Jack Carty, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy also start for the westerners.

    Kick off in the Heineken Champions Cup tomorrow is at 3:15

  • The Connacht management team have picked a fully loaded side as they go in search of a win in tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup Round of 16 clash with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (k/o 8pm).
     
    In the absence of the suspended Jarrad Butler, Paul Boyle captains the side in the number 8 jersey where he’s joined by flankers Eoghan Masterson and Conor Oliver.
     
    There’s a wealth of experience in the tight five, with a front row of Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan and Finlay Bealham, while Ultan Dillane partners the in-form Gavin Thornbury in the second row.
     
    Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty continue their long-standing half-back partnership, while Tom Daly and Sean O’Brien start together at centre for the third straight game.
     
    Another centurion Matt Healy is named on the wing, forming a back three combo with the exciting Alex Wootton and John Porch.
     
    Commenting on the team selection, Head Coach Andy Friend says:
     
    “We had difficult decisions to make across the park with our starting XV. It’s a testament to our squad that we’ve got a really strong bench while others will miss out entirely, and that’s what you want going into knock-out European rugby.
     
    “It’s no secret that the Connacht record in Europe needs to improve, but this is a group of players that know how to break hoodoos on the road. Leicester Tigers in Welford Road is one of the great challenges in European rugby and I have full confidence in the squad to get the win and really put us in the mix for silverware at the end of the season”.

     
    CONNACHT MATCHDAY 23 VS LEICESTER TIGERS
    Saturday 3rd April, Welford Road, kick-off 8.00pm

    Name/Number/Caps
    15. John Porch (35)
    14. Alex Wootton (18)
    13. Sean O’Brien (Acad) (6)
    12. Tom Daly (43)
    11. Matt Healy (147)
    10. Jack Carty (154)
    9. Kieran Marmion (181)
    1. Denis Buckley (196)
    2. Dave Heffernan (139)
    3. Finlay Bealham (154)
    4. Ultan Dillane (109)
    5. Gavin Thornbury (55)
    6. Eoghan Masterson (106)
    7. Conor Oliver (16)
    8. Paul Boyle (54) (C)

    Replacements
    16. Shane Delahunt (95)
    17. Jordan Duggan (10)
    18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (62)
    19. Oisin Dowling (4)
    20. Abraham Papali’i (9)
    21. Caolin Blade (126)
    22. Conor Fitzgerald (31)
    23. Peter Sullivan (11)