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#Connacht

# connacht - Saturday 22 February, 2020

Gaeilgeor and Connemara man de Buitléar blazes a trail for An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí
# Grassroots
From The42
# Grassroots

Gaeilgeor and Connemara man de Buitléar blazes a trail for An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí

Feb 22nd 2020, 6:00 AM 6,887 Views 0 Comments

The 22-year-old, who is in his third year with Connacht’s academy, features in a new TG4 documentary.

# connacht - Friday 21 February, 2020

O'Halloran double not nearly enough as Edinburgh power to win over Connacht
# Northern Exposure
From The42
# Northern Exposure

O'Halloran double not nearly enough as Edinburgh power to win over Connacht

Feb 21st 2020, 10:46 PM 7,466 Views 24 Comments

Jack Carty was one of three Connacht players sin-binned as Edinburgh forced a five-try win.

Can't beat their Irish rivals, lethal against everyone else
# Inconsistent
From The42
# Inconsistent

Can't beat their Irish rivals, lethal against everyone else

Feb 21st 2020, 6:46 AM 11,021 Views 14 Comments

The reason Connacht aren’t flying higher in the Pro14 comes down to their four-game losing streak in this season’s inter-pros.

# connacht - Thursday 20 February, 2020

Connacht make four changes but Ireland's Heffernan and Dillane unavailable
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Connacht make four changes but Ireland's Heffernan and Dillane unavailable

Feb 20th 2020, 12:09 PM 5,045 Views 11 Comments

Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Joe Maksymiw and Niall Murray all come into the starting XV.

# connacht - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Boost for Connacht as Blade and Healy sign new contracts with the province
# Extensions
From The42
# Extensions

Boost for Connacht as Blade and Healy sign new contracts with the province

Feb 18th 2020, 2:25 PM 3,854 Views 5 Comments

The scrum-half and prolific wing have penned two-year deals.

# connacht - Monday 17 February, 2020

Friend aiming for Pro14 knockouts as Connacht end losing streak
# Back On The Horse
From The42
# Back On The Horse

Friend aiming for Pro14 knockouts as Connacht end losing streak

Feb 17th 2020, 10:32 AM 3,935 Views 6 Comments

The western province defeated Cardiff 29-0 on Saturday, their first shut-out since 2001.

# connacht - Saturday 15 February, 2020

Welcome break gives Connacht a chance to prove they're a force again
# Fresh Start
From The42
# Fresh Start

Welcome break gives Connacht a chance to prove they're a force again

Feb 15th 2020, 8:51 AM 6,622 Views 2 Comments

Andy Friend’s side were in beleaguered shape over Christmas and now meet close rivals in Conference B.

# connacht - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Friend and Connacht on the lookout to fill void to be left by 'immense' Fainga'a
# Pro14
From The42
# Pro14

Friend and Connacht on the lookout to fill void to be left by 'immense' Fainga'a

Feb 12th 2020, 6:30 AM 9,926 Views 66 Comments

The Australian openside proved a shrewd signing for the Westerners.

# connacht - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier
# Exit
From The42
# Exit

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier

Jan 19th 2020, 7:46 PM 12,442 Views 17 Comments

The Westerners recovered from a 21-0 deficit but were ultimately beaten in a dead-rubber in Pool 5.

Connacht's Marmion sets out to ensure he's not Ireland's forgotten man at 9
# Depth Chart
From The42
# Depth Chart

Connacht's Marmion sets out to ensure he's not Ireland's forgotten man at 9

Jan 19th 2020, 7:15 AM 4,587 Views 4 Comments

The scrum-half returns to the Connacht team for the first time since November against Montpellier today.

# connacht - Friday 17 January, 2020

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France
# Back In Business
From The42
# Back In Business

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France

Jan 17th 2020, 12:22 PM 6,119 Views 7 Comments

The Irish international is back after a two-month absence

# connacht - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Marmion returns ahead of Connacht's final Champions Cup game, Fitzgerald ruled out for rest of the season
# Updates
From The42
# Updates

Marmion returns ahead of Connacht's final Champions Cup game, Fitzgerald ruled out for rest of the season

Jan 14th 2020, 5:16 PM 8,566 Views 3 Comments

Head coach Andy Friend says the scrum-half is in back in full training before their showdown with Montpellier.

Timing a curse for Carty as he keeps his mind on provincial life
# On Again Off Again
From The42
# On Again Off Again

Timing a curse for Carty as he keeps his mind on provincial life

Jan 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 6,617 Views 7 Comments

The out-half felt mentally refreshed after an enforced break, but would love to get a run of games in the weeks ahead.

# connacht - Saturday 11 January, 2020

Saracens keep Champions Cup defence alive, four sides now confirmed for quarter-finals
# Review
From The42
# Review

Saracens keep Champions Cup defence alive, four sides now confirmed for quarter-finals

Jan 11th 2020, 8:40 PM 16,214 Views 6 Comments

Rhys Carre’s early red card made life difficult for his side.

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'
# Better
From The42
# Better

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'

Jan 11th 2020, 7:00 PM 8,526 Views 3 Comments

After last week’s unraveling in Leinster, Andy Friend was pleased with how his side took on another European Cup favourite.

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope
# Overpowered
From The42
# Overpowered

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope

Jan 11th 2020, 5:26 PM 23,148 Views 9 Comments

Toulouse sealed their qualification and conceded just a penalty try despite finishing with 13 men.

As it happened: Connacht v Toulouse, European Rugby Champions Cup From The42
Live Jan 11th 2020, 2:50 PM

As it happened: Connacht v Toulouse, European Rugby Champions Cup

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse

Jan 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 2,737 Views 0 Comments

Connacht will return to full strength as they aim for a repeat of their 2016 win over the four-time champs.

# connacht - Friday 10 January, 2020

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse
# Into The West
From The42
# Into The West

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse

Jan 10th 2020, 12:29 PM 6,950 Views 4 Comments

Jack Carty and Bundee Aki are both back for Andy Friend’s side.

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'

Jan 10th 2020, 6:45 AM 6,091 Views 5 Comments

Connacht worked hard to be in the top tier of the competition for days just like this.

# connacht - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Connacht facing big blow with key man Fainga'a set for move to France
# Departing
From The42
# Departing

Connacht facing big blow with key man Fainga'a set for move to France

Jan 7th 2020, 9:34 PM 17,972 Views 41 Comments

The Aussie openside has been superb for Andy Friend’s side since his move from the Rebels.

Connacht boosted by return of nine players for Toulouse clash
# Return Of The Cavalry
From The42
# Return Of The Cavalry

Connacht boosted by return of nine players for Toulouse clash

Jan 7th 2020, 1:41 PM 9,354 Views 9 Comments

Bundee Aki and Jack Carty are among a raft of players in line to play this weekend as Andy Friend’s side bid to keep their slim European hopes alive.

# connacht - Monday 6 January, 2020

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle
# Numbers Game
From The42
# Numbers Game

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle

Jan 6th 2020, 10:48 AM 6,039 Views 16 Comments

Head coach Andy Friend is keen to bolster his squad with some of the talent floating under the radar in Leinster.

# connacht - Sunday 5 January, 2020

'We don't need four young fellas doing it, we need 23 blokes doing it'
# Destruction Derby
From The42
# Destruction Derby

'We don't need four young fellas doing it, we need 23 blokes doing it'

Jan 5th 2020, 1:01 AM 19,546 Views 25 Comments

The effort from unheralded prospects was one of very few positives Andy Friend could take from last night’s loss to Leinster.

# connacht - Saturday 4 January, 2020

Inter-pro woe for Connacht as Deegan drives Leinster to victory From The42

Inter-pro woe for Connacht as Deegan drives Leinster to victory

Jan 4th 2020, 7:26 PM 45,277 Views 80 Comments

Connacht were forced to dig deep just to avoid a shut-out and it took 71 minutes for them to post their opening score against a rampant Leinster.

Connacht go to RDS believing they can break Leinster streak
# Inter-pro
From The42
# Inter-pro

Connacht go to RDS believing they can break Leinster streak

Jan 4th 2020, 10:00 AM 21,334 Views 24 Comments

‘Generally when results go against us it’s…us shooting ourselves in the foot.’

Competition breeds contentment for Leinster
# Inter-pro
From The42
# Inter-pro

Competition breeds contentment for Leinster

Jan 4th 2020, 3:15 AM 7,493 Views 10 Comments

The eastern province’s winning streak is based on intense competition for places.

# connacht - Friday 3 January, 2020

Ex-Roscommon minor handed first Connacht start for Leinster showdown
# And The Team Is...
From The42
# And The Team Is...

Ex-Roscommon minor handed first Connacht start for Leinster showdown

Jan 3rd 2020, 12:30 PM 13,270 Views 6 Comments

Niall Murray will partner up with Gavin Thornbury in the second row.

# connacht - Friday 27 December, 2019

5 tries for Ulster as they storm past Connacht to claim impressive win From The42

5 tries for Ulster as they storm past Connacht to claim impressive win

Dec 27th 2019, 10:09 PM 24,434 Views 32 Comments

The home side bounced back superbly from their defeat to Leinster last weekend.

'Last year was tough at times, especially with the injury I had'
# Recovery
From The42
# Recovery

'Last year was tough at times, especially with the injury I had'

Dec 27th 2019, 7:15 AM 7,182 Views 7 Comments

Craig Gilroy is glad to have shaken off injury and is enjoying his new role as the elder statesman of Ulster’s back-line.

# connacht - Thursday 26 December, 2019

'You stop and you think, ‘There’s far more to life than a footy game''
# Perspective
From The42
# Perspective

'You stop and you think, ‘There’s far more to life than a footy game''

Dec 26th 2019, 3:24 PM 19,440 Views 5 Comments

Connacht coach Andy Friend tells The42 about his nomadic coaching journey.

Ulster name much-changed team for visit of Connacht
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Ulster name much-changed team for visit of Connacht

Dec 26th 2019, 1:55 PM 8,913 Views 3 Comments

The Westerners have made five changes of their own.

'If I was to describe the way we want to play it’s ‘collective speed''
# Squeeze Every Drop
From The42
# Squeeze Every Drop

'If I was to describe the way we want to play it’s ‘collective speed''

Dec 26th 2019, 7:30 AM 7,504 Views 2 Comments

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has a keen interest in psychology.

# connacht - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'Everyone is seeing how well they have been doing' - Connacht targeting another Ulster scalp on Belfast soil
# Up For The Challenge
From The42
# Up For The Challenge

'Everyone is seeing how well they have been doing' - Connacht targeting another Ulster scalp on Belfast soil

Dec 24th 2019, 7:45 AM 5,021 Views 3 Comments

The Westerners are the last team to defeat Dan McFarland’s charges at Kingspan Stadium.

'He will be looking at footage of Faf de Klerk and seeing a small guy make big hits'
# New Blood
From The42
# New Blood

'He will be looking at footage of Faf de Klerk and seeing a small guy make big hits'

Dec 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 10,537 Views 10 Comments

Craig Casey made a superb start in his side’s win over Connacht.

# connacht - Saturday 21 December, 2019

Late Carty try not enough for Connacht as Munster take the spoils in Galway
# Christmas Cracker
From The42
# Christmas Cracker

Late Carty try not enough for Connacht as Munster take the spoils in Galway

Dec 21st 2019, 7:10 PM 32,735 Views 94 Comments

Jack O’Donoghue’s try proved the difference between the sides on a feisty derby day.

# connacht - Friday 20 December, 2019

Ins and outs make for a week of mixed emotions in Connacht dressing room
# Conference B
From The42
# Conference B

Ins and outs make for a week of mixed emotions in Connacht dressing room

Dec 20th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,309 Views 0 Comments

The Sportsground had lamentations and celebration in equal measure.

# connacht - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht
# Competition
From The42
# Competition

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht

Dec 17th 2019, 7:15 AM 7,038 Views 5 Comments

The Carlow man is hungry for opportunity in Connacht and has been on the phone to tell Andy Friend as much.

# connacht - Monday 16 December, 2019

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'
# Tall Order
From The42
# Tall Order

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'

Dec 16th 2019, 10:19 AM 10,802 Views 3 Comments

After an astounding comeback, Connacht’s attention will turn to matters closer to home and they will hope to see the ‘inter-pro phenomenon’ show itself again..

# connacht - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht
# Clutch
From The42
# Clutch

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht

Dec 14th 2019, 5:30 PM 8,126 Views 6 Comments

The head coach took delight in the simplicity of Connacht’s expertly executed winning try.