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#Connacht

# connacht - Monday 4 January, 2021

'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 7,302 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 11,647 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 50,825 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 From The42
Live Jan 2nd 2021, 6:40 PM

As it happened: Leinster v Connacht, Pro14

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 15,689 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 13,244 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 5,674 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
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# A Steady Red Hand

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

Dec 27th 2020, 9:34 PM 28,606 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 From The42
Live Dec 27th 2020, 6:58 PM

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14

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

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

Dec 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 9,244 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
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# Critics

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

Dec 23rd 2020, 7:45 AM 7,919 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 7,692 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 25,459 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 6,917 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 6,512 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 11,263 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
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# Physicality

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

Dec 16th 2020, 12:00 PM 18,809 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
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# Champions Cup

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

Dec 13th 2020, 5:23 PM 20,226 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
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# Big Ask

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

Dec 13th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,255 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
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# 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 11,757 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
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# Impact

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

Dec 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 5,513 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 6,450 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
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# Challenges

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

Dec 7th 2020, 6:00 AM 10,498 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
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# 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 10,432 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
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# Identity

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

Dec 4th 2020, 7:15 AM 5,241 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 5,080 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
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# Inter-County

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

Updated Dec 2nd 2020, 10:41 PM 10,168 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
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# Home Grown

Paul Boyle to captain Connacht in Ospreys clash

Nov 27th 2020, 12:14 PM 4,517 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 12,481 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
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# Prospect

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

Nov 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 8,556 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
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# Decision

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

Nov 24th 2020, 1:42 PM 11,268 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 5,813 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.

# connacht - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Sean O'Brien makes return to Connacht as Dillane gets set for 100th cap
# Centurion
From The42
# Centurion

Sean O'Brien makes return to Connacht as Dillane gets set for 100th cap

Nov 21st 2020, 12:38 PM 10,548 Views 2 Comments

Andy Friend has made six changes from the team that lost to Scarlets at The Sportsground last weekend.

# connacht - Friday 20 November, 2020

'He’s probably my bodyguard! Have you seen the size of that lad?'
# Physicality
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# Physicality

'He’s probably my bodyguard! Have you seen the size of that lad?'

Nov 20th 2020, 10:11 AM 40,164 Views 14 Comments

Connacht lock Quinn Roux is aiming to help Ireland win the set-piece battle against England.

# connacht - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Connacht eye the positives from tight schedule and stretched squad
# Pro14
From The42
# Pro14

Connacht eye the positives from tight schedule and stretched squad

Nov 19th 2020, 7:20 AM 5,740 Views 1 Comment

Forwards coach Jimmy Duffy bemoaned missed chances, but hailed the chances created in the home loss to Scarlets.

# connacht - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Mayo capture first Connacht crown since 2015 after holding off late Galway rally
# Green And Red
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# Green And Red

Mayo capture first Connacht crown since 2015 after holding off late Galway rally

Nov 15th 2020, 3:37 PM 14,205 Views 17 Comments

James Horan’s men march on after lifting the Nestor Cup.

# connacht - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Connacht miss chance to put Scarlets away on miserable night in Galway
# Pro14
From The42
# Pro14

Connacht miss chance to put Scarlets away on miserable night in Galway

Nov 14th 2020, 9:51 PM 8,580 Views 6 Comments

The Welsh side prevailed in dreadful conditions at the Sportsground to eke out a narrow win.

# connacht - Friday 13 November, 2020

Leinster start Champions Cup with trip to France as Munster welcome Quins
# Diary
From The42
# Diary

Leinster start Champions Cup with trip to France as Munster welcome Quins

Nov 13th 2020, 3:26 PM 8,065 Views 1 Comment

Connacht will visit Racing 92 in their first game, while Ulster welcome Toulouse to Belfast.

# connacht - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Connacht enjoying fresh perspective with new performance skills coach
# Mind Game
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# Mind Game

Connacht enjoying fresh perspective with new performance skills coach

Nov 11th 2020, 7:15 AM 10,793 Views 3 Comments

‘Athletes can either talk themselves into something or talk themselves out of something.