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#Connacht

# connacht - Thursday 7 January, 2021

'The move to Connacht came at a point in my career where I was kinda lost'
# In Form
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# In Form

'The move to Connacht came at a point in my career where I was kinda lost'

Jan 7th 2021, 8:00 AM 20,255 Views 4 Comments

Carlow man Tom Daly is playing the best rugby of his career under Andy Friend.

'I've a long history with Friendy, he's always been good to me'
# Compatriots
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# Compatriots

'I've a long history with Friendy, he's always been good to me'

Jan 7th 2021, 7:00 AM 7,836 Views 1 Comment

Munster coach Stephen Larkham laments a ‘short’ working relationship with Friend in 2011, but has fond memories meeting as a young player.

# connacht - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

'It’s a bit like shopping in Aldi as opposed to Brown Thomas'
# Recruitment
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# Recruitment

'It’s a bit like shopping in Aldi as opposed to Brown Thomas'

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 8:00 PM 55,372 Views 12 Comments

Andy Friend says Connacht are always open to good players joining from other provinces.

# connacht - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

Connacht hoping Aki recovers from knee issue for crucial Munster clash
# Talisman
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# Talisman

Connacht hoping Aki recovers from knee issue for crucial Munster clash

Jan 5th 2021, 1:51 PM 5,278 Views 2 Comments

The Ireland centre has been absent over the past two weekends.

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster
# Analysis
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# Analysis

'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster

Jan 5th 2021, 10:49 AM 9,659 Views 16 Comments

Andy Friend’s side defended aggressively and kicked intelligently to pull off their victory in Dublin.

# connacht - Monday 4 January, 2021

Will Connacht have more players in Andy Farrell's Ireland squad in 2021?
# RISE UP
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# RISE UP

Will Connacht have more players in Andy Farrell's Ireland squad in 2021?

Jan 4th 2021, 3:36 PM 9,154 Views 23 Comments

The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra breaks down Connacht’s big win over Leinster.

'I've never seen Jack kick like that - it was unbelievable'
# Jack The Lad
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# Jack The Lad

'I've never seen Jack kick like that - it was unbelievable'

Jan 4th 2021, 11:02 AM 32,825 Views 20 Comments

Connacht’s historic win over Leinster on Saturday came down to the brilliance of Jack Carty and the resilience of a team who are now used to operating at the top of the league.

'A huge battle' - Munster eager to shake off Ulster defeat as Connacht showdown looms
# Irish Derby
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# Irish Derby

'A huge battle' - Munster eager to shake off Ulster defeat as Connacht showdown looms

Jan 4th 2021, 7:15 AM 7,297 Views 16 Comments

Another crucial inter-pro derby awaits Johann van Graan’s side this weekend.

# connacht - Saturday 2 January, 2021

'It is absolutely enormous to prove Leinster can be beaten'
# Best Friend
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# Best Friend

'It is absolutely enormous to prove Leinster can be beaten'

Jan 2nd 2021, 10:27 PM 11,645 Views 12 Comments

Andy Friend was thrilled with his Connacht team tonight after they secured a sensational win over Leinster in Dublin.

Connacht win thriller to secure first away win over Leinster in 19 years
# Pro14
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# Pro14

Connacht win thriller to secure first away win over Leinster in 19 years

Jan 2nd 2021, 9:35 PM 50,811 Views 72 Comments

Johnny Sexton went off injured midway through the first half as Andy Friend’s side pulled off a famous victory.

As it happened: Leinster v Connacht, Pro14
# Liveblog
From The42
# Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Connacht, Pro14

Jan 2nd 2021, 6:40 PM 61,805 Views 50 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as provinces west and east met in Dublin.

Regional reporters on why their job is important: 'My superpower is that I know everybody down here'
# Your Local Paper
# Your Local Paper

Regional reporters on why their job is important: 'My superpower is that I know everybody down here'

Jan 2nd 2021, 10:30 AM 15,650 Views 16 Comments

What state is our regional media in, and do we value it enough?

20-year-old Leinster pair set for debuts as Connacht look for upset at the RDS
# Derby
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# Derby

20-year-old Leinster pair set for debuts as Connacht look for upset at the RDS

Jan 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 13,222 Views 3 Comments

The westerners have lost three in a row leading into this inter-pro clash at the RDS.

# connacht - Monday 28 December, 2020

Connacht need to up their game in derbies to move to next level
# Year In Review
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# Year In Review

Connacht need to up their game in derbies to move to next level

Dec 28th 2020, 10:00 PM 5,670 Views 10 Comments

Connacht’s record against the non-Irish teams in the Pro14 is impressive but their win ratio dips alarmingly when interpros are factored in.

# connacht - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Madigan leads the way as Ulster beat Connacht to extend Pro14 winning run
# A Steady Red Hand
From The42
# A Steady Red Hand

Madigan leads the way as Ulster beat Connacht to extend Pro14 winning run

Dec 27th 2020, 9:34 PM 28,603 Views 35 Comments

The out-half kicked 22 points as Dan McFarland’s side won 32-19 at the Sportsgrounds.

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14
# Liveblog
From The42
# Liveblog

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14

Dec 27th 2020, 6:58 PM 34,676 Views 6 Comments

Kick-off at the Sportsground is at 19:35, and the game will be shown live on TG4.

Ulster out to get back to winning ways after crushing news on Coetzee exit
# Record
From The42
# Record

Ulster out to get back to winning ways after crushing news on Coetzee exit

Dec 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 9,239 Views 8 Comments

Both sides are coming off the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions Cup.

# connacht - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Connacht boss Friend tells players to stay away from social media feedback
# Critics
From The42
# Critics

Connacht boss Friend tells players to stay away from social media feedback

Dec 23rd 2020, 7:45 AM 7,909 Views 5 Comments

Loosehead prop Paddy McAllister has defended captain Paul Boyle on Twitter.

# connacht - Monday 21 December, 2020

'It was not the smartest decision - a mistake that is on me'
# Missed Opportunity
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# Missed Opportunity

'It was not the smartest decision - a mistake that is on me'

Dec 21st 2020, 7:02 AM 7,682 Views 2 Comments

Connacht captain Paul Boyle regrets the decision not to take a last minute kick at goal and secure a losing bonus point last night.

# connacht - Sunday 20 December, 2020

'We did some dumb stuff, I'm annoyed, cranky, frustrated'
# Regrets
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# Regrets

'We did some dumb stuff, I'm annoyed, cranky, frustrated'

Dec 20th 2020, 10:54 PM 7,753 Views 2 Comments

Connacht coach Andy Friend says he is annoyed by the mistakes which led to his side losing 27-18 in Galway tonight.

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol
# Champions Cup
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# Champions Cup

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol

Dec 20th 2020, 7:37 PM 25,450 Views 15 Comments

Pat Lam’s team win 27-18 in the Sportsground leaving Connacht effectively out of the Champions Cup.

# connacht - Friday 18 December, 2020

Aki and Oliver come into Connacht starting XV for visit of Pat Lam's Bristol
# Changes
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# Changes

Aki and Oliver come into Connacht starting XV for visit of Pat Lam's Bristol

Dec 18th 2020, 12:21 PM 6,913 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s men hope to deliver more of the good stuff from Paris last weekend.

Connacht's young guns make impact and 'there's definitely more to come'
# Prospects
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# Prospects

Connacht's young guns make impact and 'there's definitely more to come'

Dec 18th 2020, 6:30 AM 6,350 Views 5 Comments

The likes of Jordan Duggan, Jack Aungier, Sean Masterson, and Cian Prendergast took their chances.

# connacht - Thursday 17 December, 2020

'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'
# Playmaker
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# Playmaker

'I'd be really hungry to get back in the squad and be starting for Ireland'

Dec 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,259 Views 11 Comments

28-year-old Jack Carty is determined to add to his 10 Ireland caps.

# connacht - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Connacht hit a new level of collision success in their close-call against Racing
# Physicality
From The42
# Physicality

Connacht hit a new level of collision success in their close-call against Racing

Dec 16th 2020, 12:00 PM 18,795 Views 13 Comments

However, the lineout and maul needs to be much better against Bristol this weekend.

# connacht - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright

Dec 13th 2020, 5:23 PM 20,223 Views 15 Comments

The French giants seemed to be cruising for a bonus point win, but tries from Matt Healy, Alex Wootton and Conor Oliver gave Connacht a hard-won losing bonus.

Racing strong favourites but Friend wants 'the might of Connacht' to test them
# Big Ask
From The42
# Big Ask

Racing strong favourites but Friend wants 'the might of Connacht' to test them

Dec 13th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,249 Views 4 Comments

The westerners are underdogs today in Paris as their Champions Cup campaign gets underway.

# connacht - Friday 11 December, 2020

'I don't want to be 50 sitting in the pub and thinking, 'I wish I had taken a risk'
# Next Chapter
From The42
# Next Chapter

'I don't want to be 50 sitting in the pub and thinking, 'I wish I had taken a risk'

Dec 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 11,735 Views 1 Comment

Sammy Arnold made a big decision to switch from Munster to Connacht last summer.

# connacht - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Connacht and their 'bouncers' out to cause major upset against Racing
# Impact
From The42
# Impact

Connacht and their 'bouncers' out to cause major upset against Racing

Dec 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 5,497 Views 2 Comments

Andy Friend’s side are looking for a big performance from their entire matchday 23.

# connacht - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Connacht's crew of Ireland internationals available for massive test in Paris From The42

Connacht's crew of Ireland internationals available for massive test in Paris

Dec 8th 2020, 1:38 PM 6,445 Views 4 Comments

Bundee Aki, Kieran Marmion, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, and Ultan Dillane are all set to play.

# connacht - Monday 7 December, 2020

No pause for breath as Irish provinces launch straight into European action
# Challenges
From The42
# Challenges

No pause for breath as Irish provinces launch straight into European action

Dec 7th 2020, 6:00 AM 10,492 Views 9 Comments

The Champions Cup kicks off on Friday night as Toulouse visit Ulster in Belfast.

# connacht - Friday 4 December, 2020

Connacht's captain fantastic scores hat-trick and inspires Westerners to bonus-point win over Benetton
# On The Boyle
From The42
# On The Boyle

Connacht's captain fantastic scores hat-trick and inspires Westerners to bonus-point win over Benetton

Dec 4th 2020, 9:49 PM 10,430 Views 20 Comments

Paul Boyle shone under Friday Night Lights as he captained the province for the first time.

How Connacht are looking to save fuel by playing 'smart football'
# Identity
From The42
# Identity

How Connacht are looking to save fuel by playing 'smart football'

Dec 4th 2020, 7:15 AM 5,237 Views 6 Comments

Andy Friend’s men are aiming for a better balance in their attacking game.

# connacht - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Blade returns for Connacht as Friend's men take on Benetton in Galway
# Team News
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# Team News

Blade returns for Connacht as Friend's men take on Benetton in Galway

Dec 3rd 2020, 12:08 PM 5,072 Views 5 Comments

The westerners have been unfortunate with postponements so far this season.

# connacht - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

All-Ireland U20 and provincial minor finals set for pre Christmas dates
# Inter-County
From The42
# Inter-County

All-Ireland U20 and provincial minor finals set for pre Christmas dates

Updated Dec 2nd 2020, 10:41 PM 10,144 Views 0 Comments

The U20 decider will take place as a curtain raiser for the All-Ireland senior final at Croke Park.

# connacht - Friday 27 November, 2020

Paul Boyle to captain Connacht in Ospreys clash
# Home Grown
From The42
# Home Grown

Paul Boyle to captain Connacht in Ospreys clash

Nov 27th 2020, 12:14 PM 4,508 Views 4 Comments

There may also be a debut for replacement centre, Sean O’Brien.

'We're all delighted. He's had a rough road over the last two years'
# Comeback
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# Comeback

'We're all delighted. He's had a rough road over the last two years'

Nov 27th 2020, 6:45 AM 12,388 Views 6 Comments

Connacht man Sean O’Brien made his return last weekend after two years of injuries.

# connacht - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Connacht's 21-year-old scrum-half Colm Reilly impresses in Italy
# Prospect
From The42
# Prospect

Connacht's 21-year-old scrum-half Colm Reilly impresses in Italy

Nov 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 8,518 Views 1 Comment

Head coach Andy Friend is pleased to see some young players coming through.

# connacht - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

'In a collision sport, accidents happen' - Connacht to appeal Papali'i red card
# Decision
From The42
# Decision

'In a collision sport, accidents happen' - Connacht to appeal Papali'i red card

Nov 24th 2020, 1:42 PM 11,229 Views 4 Comments

Meanwhile, Tom Farrell has been ruled out for at least six weeks due to a knee injury.

# connacht - Sunday 22 November, 2020

Connacht, Tom Farrell intent on getting back into a rhythm against Zebre
# Pro14
From The42
# Pro14

Connacht, Tom Farrell intent on getting back into a rhythm against Zebre

Nov 22nd 2020, 7:45 AM 5,700 Views 6 Comments

The centre suffered an untimely shoulder injury that sidelined him before sport’s shutdown in March. But he is fit and ready to fire on all cylinders.