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Connacht Announce Contract Extensions For Two Local Stars

Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 11/4/2017 Darragh Leader Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

In a statement posted on Connacht’s official website, the province have announced contract extensions for two up-and-coming stars. Eoin McKeon from Galway and Darragh Leader from Castlegar have both penned new contracts after a turbulent year for Connacht. McKeon made his debut for the Westerners against the Scarlets in April 2010. Since then he has proved an effective back row in his seven …

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Connacht Rugby Agree New Three-Year Shirt Sponsor Deal

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Ricoh Stadium Coventry 11/12/2016 Wasps vs Connacht Connacht’s Bundee Ak

Following on from Munster’s jersey sponsorship announcement, Connacht have announced a deal for the next three seasons. Outdoor and workwear company Portwest will link up with the western province in what is their first venture into rugby. Portwest purports to be the fastest growing workwear company in the world. In addition to their online sales, they have three high street outdoor shops in Galway and …

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Connacht Centre Dave McSharry Forced To Retire

Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 27/10/2015 Dave McSharry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby because of concussion, the Irish province confirmed on Wednesday.  The 26-year-old former Leinster academy player took the decision to quit after meeting with a neurologist last week, who advised him to retire. In February the former Ireland U-18, U-20 and Irish Wolfhounds star was ruled out for the …

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Connacht Embody Everything We Wish Ireland Could Be

If only international rugby was as easy and simplistic as Connacht are making club rugby look in the Pro 12. If only our players looked for space instead of territorial advantage. If only our players played what was in front of them as opposed to what they were told. If only Ireland could play like Connacht. Pat Lam has started a rugby …

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Opinion: Why Connacht’s Lam Must Be Favourite To Succeed Ireland Boss Schmidt

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Connacht at Sandy Park on October 25, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The success of Connacht Rugby this season puts head coach Pat Lam in the running to replace Joe Schmidt for Irish rugby’s top job. Ireland are approaching a crossroads. Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland went into a serious rebuilding phase. Injuries ravaged the squad both during and after the tournament, with the most notable of all being captain Paul O’Connell’s …

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Watch: Monstrous Isa Nacewa Hit Flattens AJ MacGinty

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 07: Isa Nacewa of Leinster breaks with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Isa Nacewa may not have the same speed or agility that he had a few years ago but the Aucklander can still flatten the best ball carriers in the right tackle. Nacewa, 33, had a relatively quiet first-half in Saturday’s Pro 12 encounter between Connacht and Leinster, that is until USA fly-half AJ MacGinty decided to venture down Leinster’s left …

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Munster Linked With Move For Outhalf

Anthony Foley’s men could be about to sign a new playmaker. The Irish Times have this morning reported that the IRFU want Ian Madigan to move to Munster. Despite the fact that the Union’s High Performance Director, David Nucifora, has yet to offer the playmaker a new contract. Nevertheless, with Ian Keatley unable to recapture the form that saw him make his Six Nations debut against Italy last …

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New Development In Simon Zebo Transfer Saga Emerges

Simon Zebo was reported to be on the verge of signing for Pau. Earlier this week, Munster fans were sent into a panic when it was reported that Simon Zebo was going to sign for French Side, Pau. The rumour was initiated by rugby journalist, Martin Gillingham, who tweeted the news earlier this week. Simon Zebo’s move @SectionPaloise will make him …

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Casey Lualala Has An Interesting Take On Simon Mannix’s Coaching

A former Munster coach and player came head to head last night. Last night’s 15 all draw between Pau and Racing in the Top 14 saw a number of of individuals previously involved with Munster take centre stage. Lining up in Pau’s backrow was former Munster stalwart James Coughlan, alongside Paddy Butler and Sean Dougall. While Racing included Casey Lualala in their …

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Simon Zebo On The Verge Of Signing For Top 14 Side

Simon Zebo might be about to leave Munster. Reports emanating from France last night suggest that Munster winger, Simon Zebo, is on the verge of signing for Pau. Such a move would come as a blow to Munster, particularly after losing another young star, JJ Hanrahan last year. While nothing has of yet been confirmed, rugby journalist, Martin Gillingham, Tweeted the …

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