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#Connacht

# connacht - Friday 10 January, 2020

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

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

Jan 10th 2020, 6:45 AM 6,095 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 18,024 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
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# Return Of The Cavalry

Connacht boosted by return of nine players for Toulouse clash

Jan 7th 2020, 1:41 PM 9,356 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
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# Numbers Game

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

Jan 6th 2020, 10:48 AM 6,047 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
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# Destruction Derby

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

Jan 5th 2020, 1:01 AM 19,548 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 45,290 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 21,344 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 7,494 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 13,294 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 24,439 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
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# Recovery

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

Dec 27th 2019, 7:15 AM 7,195 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 19,715 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
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# Squeeze Every Drop

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

Dec 26th 2019, 7:30 AM 7,519 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
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# 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
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# 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 10,546 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 32,741 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
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# Conference B

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

Dec 20th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,310 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 7,044 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 10,803 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 8,131 Views 6 Comments

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

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win
# Hanging Tough
From The42
# Hanging Tough

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win

Dec 14th 2019, 2:55 PM 33,662 Views 23 Comments

Late tries from Shane Delahunt and Robin Copeland turned the game on its head in a frenetic finale.

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup From The42
Live Dec 14th 2019, 12:19 PM

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

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester
# Connacht
From The42
# Connacht

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester

Dec 14th 2019, 12:15 AM 7,596 Views 5 Comments

The western province were unable to claim a point on their travels and Andy Friend can feel his resources getting tighter.

# connacht - Friday 13 December, 2019

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback
# The Fitz Is In
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# The Fitz Is In

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback

Dec 13th 2019, 12:18 PM 8,720 Views 4 Comments

Andy Friend has made seven changes to refresh his side on a six-day turnaround between Gloucester clashes.

# connacht - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester
# Back In The Mix
From The42
# Back In The Mix

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester

Dec 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 3,842 Views 0 Comments

The back row was dropped for the trip to England, but is ready to help his side mount an unlikely playoff push.

# connacht - Monday 9 December, 2019

‘Last year he was the man’: Friend backs Carty to trust his basics and return to peak
# Back To Basics
From The42
# Back To Basics

‘Last year he was the man’: Friend backs Carty to trust his basics and return to peak

Dec 9th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,232 Views 9 Comments

The out-half is under increasing pressure from Conor Fitzgerald.

# connacht - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims
# Pool 5
From The42
# Pool 5

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims

Dec 8th 2019, 4:35 PM 8,057 Views 4 Comments

‘Instead of captialising on the half-time lead, we give an interception and given them a reason to believe.’

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester

Dec 8th 2019, 3:03 PM 20,582 Views 9 Comments

John Porch and Jack Carty helped the Westerners to a half-time lead, but it unravelled from there.

As it happened: Gloucester v Connacht, Champions Cup From The42
Live Dec 8th 2019, 12:02 PM

As it happened: Gloucester v Connacht, Champions Cup

Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester
# Kingpin
From The42
# Kingpin

Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester

Dec 8th 2019, 1:00 AM 6,860 Views 3 Comments

Gloucester’s interest in the Champions Cup may be diminished but they possess real quality.

# connacht - Friday 6 December, 2019

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip

Dec 6th 2019, 12:27 PM 6,267 Views 13 Comments

A training ground injury for Matt Healy has forced Friend to switch John Porch to fullback.

# connacht - Saturday 30 November, 2019

'It's not like years gone by where I might automatically walk back into the 15 jersey'
# Competition
From The42
# Competition

'It's not like years gone by where I might automatically walk back into the 15 jersey'

Nov 30th 2019, 6:00 AM 9,764 Views 2 Comments

Connacht are looking for their fifth Pro14 win of the season against the Kings this evening.

# connacht - Friday 29 November, 2019

IRFU confirm new Bundee Aki deal to keep him with Connacht until 2023
# Signed And Sealed
From The42
# Signed And Sealed

IRFU confirm new Bundee Aki deal to keep him with Connacht until 2023

Nov 29th 2019, 1:11 PM 22,576 Views 44 Comments

The 29-year-old has penned a new deal with the union.

Aki, Adeolokun and Buckley return to Connacht XV for Kings clash
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Aki, Adeolokun and Buckley return to Connacht XV for Kings clash

Nov 29th 2019, 12:08 PM 6,124 Views 6 Comments

Andy Friend’s side face the South Africans in Galway tomorrow.

# connacht - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Heartbreak for Connacht, as they fall just short of repeating 2013 Toulouse shock
# Disappointment
From The42
# Disappointment

Heartbreak for Connacht, as they fall just short of repeating 2013 Toulouse shock

Nov 23rd 2019, 3:07 PM 15,260 Views 18 Comments

Andy Friend’s men were full of bravery against a home side who started with 13 full internationals.

As it happened: Toulouse v Connacht, European Rugby Champions Cup From The42
Live Nov 23rd 2019, 12:30 PM

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

# connacht - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Tom Farrell eager to size himself up against Toulouse
# Champions Cup
From The42
# Champions Cup

Tom Farrell eager to size himself up against Toulouse

Nov 21st 2019, 6:00 AM 5,163 Views 2 Comments

The centre was left as a bystander on the bench when Connacht last travelled to face the French giants.

# connacht - Monday 18 November, 2019

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers
# Breakdown
From The42
# Breakdown

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers

Nov 18th 2019, 4:33 PM 15,438 Views 9 Comments

Andy Friend’s side made some vital breakdown steals in their victory over Montpellier.

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts
# Reinforcements
From The42
# Reinforcements

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts

Nov 18th 2019, 5:30 AM 11,614 Views 9 Comments

The western province now have 16 players out injured.