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Boost For Connacht As Province Announce Three Contract Extensions


Connacht have announced that key trio Tiernan O’Halloran, Sean O’Brien and Tom Farrell have all signed contract extensions that will see them remain with the province until the end of the 2021/22 season. O’Halloran has been capped 175 times for Connacht since making his debut in 2010, amassing almost 200 points during that time. The full-back is a product of …

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Stability As Connacht Announce Coaching Contract Extensions

PRO14 Team News

Connacht Rugby have received the boost with the news that they have tied down their coaching ticket for the foreseeable future.  Attack coach Nigel Carolan, forwards coach Jimmy Duffy and defence coach Peter Wilkins have all signed two-year contract extensions which will bring them up to the end of the 2020/21 season. The Connacht coaching ticket, in addition to new …

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Andy Friend: We Want To Make Leinster Really Uncomfortable

Andy Friend and Leinster

It’s been a promising start to the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season for Connacht and new head coach Andy Friend.  Although two wins and two losses seems like inconsistent form, they should have beaten Glasgow Warriors in their opening fixture and their second victory was outstanding as they showed maturity in defeating a strong Scarlets side. For Friend, he is focussed …

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Andy Friend: “‘Who The Hell Is This Bloke?’ And Off He Went”

There was never going to be any doubt who would be chosen as Man Of The Match as Connacht swept aside Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday evening.  Former Ireland U20 captain and current second-year Connacht Academy back-row Paul Boyle won that award after producing an excellent performance which included two tries on his second successive start for the …

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Titanium Mesh Keeps Henry Speight’s Olympic Dreams Alive

Henry Speight - titanium mesh.

ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been cleared for take-off in the pursuit of a spot at the Rio Olympic Games, but he’ll have to do it wearing specially made headgear to protect the titanium mesh in his skull, the Canberra Times reports. Speight’s dream of playing Sevens for Australia at the Rio Olympics was dealt a tremendous blow in …

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Nick Cummins To Miss Singapore Sevens With Ankle Injury

HONG KONG - APRIL 08: Nick Cummins (AKA the Honeybadger) and James Stannard of Australia reacts during the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens match between Australia and Argentina at Hong Kong Stadium on April 8, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Nick Cummins fluffed his best chance at a try up during his first game back in Sevens. Earlier the Sydney Morning Herald revealed why. It seems that in the few minutes of player before that moment he injured his ankle. That hampered him so much he did not have the power to escape the last defender, something he would normally …

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Opinion: Why Selecting 15s Stars At The Last Minute Will Ruin Team GB

during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Reports on Sunday revealed that Simon Amor, current England Sevens boss and the coach of the GB Sevens team for the Rio Olympics, wants to select some of the 15-a-side game’s star players for the GB side. Here Paul Peerdeman argues why it is a terrible idea and it will actually reduce Team GB’s chances in the Olympics. There are a few names in the frame who might …

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