Challenge Cup

  • Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran is a doubt for their Challenge Cup quarter-final next month after suffering a hamstring injury.

    The Ireland international came off after just eight minutes of the Westerners win against the Ospreys last weekend and the province say he'll be sidelined for 'a few weeks'.

    It also ends O'Halloran's chances of being called up to the Ireland squad for the rest of the Six Nations Championship.

  • Connacht have survived losing a 17-point lead to edge out Sale by 20-points to 18 in the Challenge Cup at the Sportsground.

    First-half Kyle Godwin and James Mitchell tries had put the westerners in a strong position before they went 18-17 down in the second-half.

    David Horwitz kicked what proved to be a match-winning penalty in the 72nd-minute.

     

  • Full back Tiernan O'Halloran has returned from a leg injury to take his place in the Connacht side to face Sale Sharks in the European Challenge Cup in the Sportsground on Saturday (Kick off 3pm). The injury ruled O'Halloran out of all three of Connacht's interpro fixtures over the Christmas period.

     He comes into a back line that also includes a new midfield pairing with Bundee Aki and Kyle Godwin both coming back into the starting team.

     Following his contract extension earlier this week, Jack Carty continues at out half where he is partnered by former Sale Sharks player James Mitchell.

     In the front row Denis Buckley is named at loosehead having recovered from illness that ruled him out of the clash with Munster. Buckley will make his 150th appearance for his province against the Premiership side following his late withdrawal last week.

     There is also a new second row partnership with Ultan Dillane and James Cannon coming into the side, while in the back row Captain Jarrad Butler returns from injury and is named at number 8 alongside James Connolly and Eoghan Masterson.

      Kick-off 3pm:

    (15-9) Tiernan O'Halloran, Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, James Mitchell, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, James Cannon, Eoghan Masterson, James Connolly, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

    Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Matthew Burke, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Colby Fainga'a, Caolin Blade, David Horwitz, Darragh Leader.

     

  • Connacht have announced the installation of temporary terracing for next month's Challenge Cup quarter final with Gloucester.

    The move is to facilitate the high demand for tickets for the game.

    The terracing will be installed at the College Road and Bohermore ends of the ground. 

  • Connacht's European Challenge Cup quarter final with Sale will be played in Salford's A-J Bell Stadium, with a 7.45 kick-off on Friday March 29th.

    Should Connacht come through that, they'll face either La Rochelle or Bristol in the semi finals.

    Meanwhile lock Ciaran Gallagher will make his first start for Connacht in tomorrow's meeting with Cardiff.

    Head coach Andy Friend has made 10-changes from last week's win in Bordeaux, but can still count upon the international experience of Finlay Bealham, Dave Heffernan, Matt Healy and Tiernan O'Halloran.