Connacht Rugby

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    Connacht Rugby have announced the signing of back row Colby Fainga’a from Australian Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels.

    The 27-year-old made his Super Rugby debut playing for the Brumbies when Andy Friend was their Head Coach in 2010 and went on to play every game for the club in the 2011 season.

    In 2014 Fainga’a joined the Rebels and in his first season was awarded the highest honour in the club when he was named the Players’ Player of the year.  This achievement was followed by his appointment as co-captain of the Melbourne Rising side in 2015.

    The versatile back row has gone on to make 100 Super Rugby appearances, the latest coming in the Rebels clash with the Reds last weekend.

    At international level, Fainga’a captained the Australian Under 20s side in 2011 and made 7 appearances that season.

    Fainga’a will join up with the Connacht squad on the conclusion of the Rebels Super Rugby Season.

     

  • Connacht Rugby has announced the fixture list for the 2018/2019 Connacht Senior League and Junior 1A, 1B and 1C Leagues.

    The newly expanded five-team Senior League gets underway on the 18th August, when the returning Ballina RFC host Sligo RFC and Corinthians RFC make the short trip to Galwegians RFC.

    Buccaneers RFC are the last team to get their Senior League campaign underway - they're in action the following week away to Ballina.

    Sligo's final game of the league comes on the 8th September at home to Corinthians, while the remaining four teams conclude their league campaign seven days later when Galwegians host Ballina and Corinthians meets Buccaneers.

    The top ranked team will be crowned Connacht Senior League champions, but there's also plenty at stake with regards the Connacht Senior Cup with the top three teams qualifying for the tournament.

    The Connacht Senior League winners will qualify directly for the Connacht Senior Cup Final, where they'll play the winners of a semi-final between the teams that finish 2nd and 3rd in the Connacht Senior League.

    In the Junior League the action across the three divisions gets underway on Sunday 16th September.

    The opening weekend of the 1A League sees Buccaneers RFC host Sligo RFCCastlebar RFC face Galwegians RFCWestport RFC make the trip to Creggs RFC and Monivea RFC face Connemara RFC.

    The eight teams will play a double round-robin across 14 rounds, concluding on 3rd March 2019.

    The same format applies to the Junior 1B League where eight teams also begin their campaign on 16th September.

    That day sees Loughrea RFC host Ballinrobe RFCNUIG RFC face Corrib RFCTuam RFC meet Corinthians RFC and Dunmore RFC make the trip to Ballinasloe RFC.

    Seven teams will compete in the Junior 1C League across the same 14 rounds, with every team availing of two free weeks.

    On the opening day it's OLBC RFC against Corinthians RFCBallina RFC against Ballyhaunis RFC and Oughterard RFC versus Portumna RFC, while Creggs RFC begin their league on the 23rd September with the visit of Oughterard.

    The Junior 1B and 1C Leagues also conclude on 3rd March 2019.

  • Connacht Rugby has announced a 30 million Euro redevelopement plan for the Sportsground in Galway.

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue

  • Connacht Rugby has launched an official 2020 Calendar with all proceeds go directly to the grassroots game.

    The calendar brings to life many aspects of Connacht Rugby, featuring a mixture of striking and fun images ranging from Connacht Rugby Summer Camps to the Connacht Women’s Players, as well including several familiar favourites from the Connacht Rugby Professional Team. All photography included is taken by Connacht Rugby’s official partners INPHO Photography.

    The official Connacht Rugby calendar will make the ideal stocking filler for all Connacht fans. It is the perfect Connacht Supporters gift.

    The calendar is priced at just €10 and will be available to purchase at various points in The Sportsground on Saturday 21st of December during the Connacht v Munster game.

    Speaking at the launch of the Official Connacht Rugby 2020 Calendar, Joe Gorham, Head of Domestic Rugby at Connacht Rugby said ‘The funds raised from this initiative will give a huge boost to our young underage teams at a Grassroots level in Connacht.

  • Connacht Rugby mourn the loss of former IRFU President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Browne, who passed away peacefully at his home in Kingston, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.
     
    Hailing from Moygownagh in Mayo, Tony was the recipient of Connacht Rugby’s ‘Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award’ earlier this year.

    From 1982, as Connacht Rugby Branch Rep, he was a member of the IRFU National Committee and was Chairman of some of the most important National Sub Committees including those dealing with Schoolboy Rugby and Refereeing Standards.
     
    In 1990 he was appointed President of the Connacht Rugby Branch and a year later he became the first and only person ever in the history of Corinthians to hold the office of President of IRFU.
     
    Tony will be reposing from his home (Eircode H91 YH W4) on Sunday 18th August from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

    Removal on Monday (19th) to the Sacred Heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.

  • Connacht rugby grounded out a three point win in the pool stages of the Champions Cup yesterday.

     

    22-year-old fly-half Conor Fitzgerald came off the bench yesterday to kick the winning penalty as Connacht beat Montpellier, in the midst of an injury crisis.

     

    23-20 was the final score at the Sportsground as the westerners secured a clean sweep for the Irish sides in the opening weekend of the tournament.

  • Connacht Rugby have announced a 30 million Euro redevelopment plan for the Sportsground

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue.

    The CEO of Connacht Rugby, Ballina native Willie Ruane today's announcement is the culmination of around three years assessment and planning.

    Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton says that the new plans will result in both sporting and economic benefits to Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.

  • Connacht Rugby has announced a new home kit for the 2019/2020 season and it is available across all Elvery’s Sports stores in the province.

    The Pro 14 side have launched their new kit this morning with Bundee Aki, Jarad Butler and Sean O’Brien among the poster boss for the new blended green look.

    The first chance to see the new jersey in action will be in the developmental Celtic Cup games at the end of August, as Connacht’s young guns put their hands up for senior selection next year.

  • Connacht Rugby, along with their partners Elverys and BLK, have collaborated to create a special and unique, Limited-Edition ‘Heroes’ jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway and Mayo/Roscommon Hospices.

    During these unprecedented times, ALONE and the Hospices are unrelenting in their support of our most vulnerable in society. To support their trojan efforts and by way of support to all our front-line workers, 100% of profits from this Limited-Edition jersey will go directly to ALONE and the two Connacht-based Hospices.

    The jersey sports a unique design inspired by Superheroes, reminding us that they are not the only ones who wear capes and is our way of saying thanks to all Superheroes fighting day in, day out to makes the lives of the most vulnerable better.

    The caption ‘Home Advantage’ reminds us that for now, this game is won by staying at home, but is also a nod to what will be brighter and healthier days ahead, when we can all venture out to support Connacht Rugby at home in The Sportsground once again, wearing this ‘Heroes’ shirt with pride.


    The limited-edition jersey is available exclusively on a pre-order basis from Wednesday 13th May on www.elverys.ie and costs just €70 for an adult and starts at €48 for kids. But hurry, only a limited number of these once-off jerseys will be produced and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.

    All orders have to be place by 23rd May.

    There is an expected delivery time of five to six weeks as these jerseys are being produced specifically for each individual once orders are placed.

  • Connacht have signed Australian international centre, Kyle Godwin.

    The 25-year old will link up with his new team-mates at the Sportsgrounds in the summer after two-years with Super Rugby side, Brumbies.

    Godwin won his solitary Wallabies cap in their test with France in November of 2016.

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    Connacht have signed Fijian winger Sevu Reece for the upcoming season.

    The 21 year old has yet to be capped at international level, but was part of the New Zealand Barbarians side that played the Lions last year.

    He will arrive in Galway after completing the current season with Waikato.

  • Connacht have bolster their squad for next season with the signing of lock Joe Maksymiw from the Leicester Tigers.

    The 22-year-old was part of England under 18's tour to South Africa in 2014, but can still play for Ireland.

  • Connacht have signed up six promising young players on senior contracts for rugby's resumption.

     The six contracts all come from players making the step up for the Academy. Niall Murray, Jordan Duggan, Colm Reilly, Sean Masterson - younger brother of current Connacht player Eoghan - Conor Dean and Peter Sullivan are the six players who will be in the squad for next season.

    Connacht head coach Andy Friend says he's a firm believer that a club’s lifeline is its Academy structure, "and this exciting group of young players proves that the Connacht Academy is extremely healthy, and will continue to have a positive impact on our squad going forward”.

     

  • Connacht have formally submitted a planning application to Galway City Council for the redevelopment of the Sportsground.

    The Western Province say they have received widespread support from the public and elected representatives, since unveiling their plans in October.

    The 30 million euro project will provide a stadium that can accommodate 12 thousand spectators and a new high performance training centre.

     

     

  • Connacht have been beaten 32-17 by Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup.

    The Westerners conceded 11 penalties in the loss.

    Connacht will now have back to back games with Gloucester next month.

  • Edinburgh maintained their unbeaten home run in all competitions when they claimed a 41-14 PRO14 bonus-point win over Connacht in tricky conditions at Murrayfield.

  • Ulster secured a comfortable 35-3 victory over Irish rivals Connacht in rugby union's Pro14.

     

    They crossed the line five times with different try scorers to wrap up the bonus point win.

     

    They remain second in conference A, while Connacht start third in conference B.

  • Leinster had a convincing 54 points to 7 win over Connacht at the RDS in the Guineess PRO 14 last night.

     The result means they earned themselves a bonus point and keep their 100 per cent start to the season intact.

    Max Deegan, Ciaran Frawley, Dave Kearney, Joseph Toman, Luke McGrath and Gary Ringrose all went over the line for Leo Cullen's side.

  • 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.

     

  • Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned from injury to take his place in the Connacht side to play Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun on Friday (kick-off 7:35pm). Marmion came off the bench in Connacht's victory over the Cheetahs last week, but this will be his first start since Ireland's win over the All Blacks in November.  

    Marmion forms a half-back partnership with 21 year old Academy player Conor Fitzgerald who comes in for Jack Carty. Fitzgerald's brother Stephen is set for his second consecutive start on the wing and is part of a back three that includes Matt Healy on the opposite wing and Tiernan O'Halloran at full back.

    Kyle Godwin and Tom Daly form the midfield partnership, with Bundee Aki and Tom Farrell away on international duty.

    In the forwards, Dave Heffernan comes in at hooker in a front row that includes loosehead Denis Buckley and tighthead Finlay Bealham. 21 year old Sligo man Cillian Gallagher starts in the second row alongside James Cannon.

    In the back row, Head Coach Andy Friend has retained the same trio that started the win over Cheetahs last weekend, with Captain Jarrad Butler starting at number 8 and Eoin McKeon and Colby Fainga'a at blindside and open side respectively.

    Kick-off 7:35pm:

    (15-9) Tiernan O'Halloran, Stephen Fitzgerald, Kyle Godwin, Tom Daly, Matt Healy, Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Cillian Gallagher, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, Colby Fainga'a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

    Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Joe Maksymiw, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Peter Robb, Cian Kelleher.