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Boost For Connacht As Bundee Aki Signs Contract Extension

Bundee Aki

Ireland international Bundee Aki has signed a contract extension with Connacht that will see him remain at the province until 2023. Aki’s current deal runs out in the summer and there was speculation that the star centre was considering a move abroad with a number of French teams thought to be sniffing around. However, the IRFU and Connacht have confirmed …

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Connacht Leave Empty Handed As Toulouse Record Dominant Win

Connacht Toulouse

Toulouse 32 Connacht 17 Connacht walked away from their Champions Cup clash with Toulouse empty-handed following a 15-point loss in France. Andy Friend’s side led on two occasions during the encounter and while they stayed in touch with the Top 14 champions for the majority of the game, tries from Jerome Kaino and Pita Ahki denied Connacht the losing bonus-point …

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JJ Hanrahan Returns As Alby Mathewson Bids Farewell To Munster

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Alby Mathewson will make his final appearance for Munster from the bench in their second-round Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Thomond Park on Saturday. JJ Hanrahan returns to the side in place of Tyler Bleyendaal who reported stiffness this week and was unavailable for selection. He is one of three changes to the Munster side who recorded a …

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Connacht Bounce Back From Disaster To Claim Opening Day Win

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Connacht welcomed Montpellier to the Sportsground this afternoon for their first Heineken Champions Cup game since 2017 and it proved to be a successful day for the western province. However, it didn’t go all their own way as prior to kick-off, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun were all ruled out through injury. In a bizarre turn of events, …

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Connacht Suffer Nightmare Start As Montpellier Score After 70 Seconds

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Connacht suffered the worst possible start to their first Champions Cup outing since the 2016/17 season as Aaron Cruden scored Montpellier’s first try after just 70 seconds. Prior to kick-off, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun were all ruled out through injury and while being interviewed on the pitch, club captain Butler predicted an 18-0 win for his side …

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Late Blow For Connacht As Key Trio Replaced Ahead Of Montpellier Clash

Connacht

Connacht have been forced to make three late changes to their starting XV ahead of their Champions Cup opener against Montpellier with Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun all sustaining injuries. Robin Copeland, Tom Daly and John Porch have all been introduced into Andy Friend’s starting lineup with a number of other positional changes as a result. While the …

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Boost For Connacht As Province Announce Three Contract Extensions

Connacht

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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Munster Issue Worrying Injury Update Ahead Of Season Opener

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Munster Rugby are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of their PRO14 season opener against Dragons in Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon.  With 12 members of their squad currently at the Rugby World Cup with Ireland, head coach Johann van Graan will have to shuffle his pack ahead of the new season with a number …

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Jack Carty On How Life In Galway Has Prepared Him For Japan

Jack Carty

It has been a whirlwind number of months for Jack Carty. A highly impressive season with Connacht saw him earn a spot in Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations and he made his Test debut against Italy earlier this year. On the back of his displays for province and country, the 27-year-old was named in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the …

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Champions Cup Fixtures Announced As Irish Provinces Learn Their Fate

The full list of fixtures have been announced for this season’s Heineken Champions Cup with all four Irish provinces involved in the competition. Last year’s beaten finalists Leinster will fancy their chances in a pool containing Lyon, Benetton and Northampton and begin this year’s tournament against the Italian side on Saturday 16th of November at 15:15 in the RDS They …

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Ireland & Connacht Trio Included In Barbarians Squad For Clash With England

Ireland and Connacht trio Finlay Bealham, Dave Heffernan and Niyi Adeolokun have been named in the 23 man Barbarians squad for their game against England at Twickenham on Sunday. The squad shows representation from nine different countries as the Barbarians prepare for their The Quilter Cup match which is part of a doubleheader at Twickenham with the unbeaten Barbarians women’s …

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Carty Among Seven Irish-Based Players In PRO14 Team Of The Season

Jack Carty

Connacht duo Jack Carty and Colby Fainga’a are among seven Irish-based players in the PRO14 Dream Team of the Season 2019. The nod at fly-half caps off an impressive year for Carty after winning his first international cap against Italy during the Guinness Six Nations while he also became Connacht’s record point-scorer. In total, 11 clubs are represented in a …

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