PRO14

  • Connacht carved out an impressive 21-17 win over the Cheetahs yesterday in the PRO14.

    This result caps off two wins from two for the Westerners on their tour of South Africa.

     

  • In the Guinness PRO 14, Connacht had a hard-fought 6-5 win over Zebre in Parma yesterday evening.

    Jack Carty's two first-half penalties proved enough to beat the bottom-placed Italians and establish a four-point lead over Cardiff Blues, who visit the Sportsground next Saturday.

    A win next Saturday would see Connacht through to the knock-out stages of the PRO14 and qualify for next season's Champions Cup.

     

  • Connacht are up to second in Conference A of the PRO14 after a 31 points to 14 win away to the Southern Kings.

  • Ireland international scrum half Kieran Marmion is set to make his first start of the Guinness PRO14 campaign as Connacht take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday (Kick off 7:35pm).

    The game also marks the return of Bundee Aki who is named on the bench for Connacht’s first away trip of the season. 

    Marmion’s return is one of four changes to the Connacht starting side that secured a bonus point win over Zebre last weekend, with young Sligo prop Conan O’Donnell, lock Ultan Dillane and winger Niyi Adeolokun also included. 

    21 year old Academy player Paul Boyle is again named at number 8 after his two tries and Man of the Match performance against Zebre. He is part of an unchanged back row with Captain Jarrad Butler at openside and Sean O’Brien at blindside. 

    Adeolokun’s inclusion on the wing sees him join a back three that includes Matt Healy on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back. The centre pairing of Eoin Griffin and Kyle Godwin is also retained with Aki set to feature off the bench.

  • In the Pro14, Connacht's first home game of the season sees Benetton visit the Sportsground tonight.

    Kick-off is at 7.35pm.

    Munster and Ulster are both in South Africa.

    They take on the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs respectively.

  • Connacht Rugby will have the Galway Senior Camogie team as guests of honour at The Sportsground on Saturday.

    The All-Ireland champs will be introduced to the crowd at HT of their #GuinnessPRO14 game with Benetton.

    Kickoff is at 7:35.

  • Joey Carbery and Keith Earls are both expected to sit out Munster's Guinness Pro14 derby against Connacht on Saturday.

    Earls is recovering from a thigh injury while Carbery's been out with a hamstring issue and head-coach Johann van Graan says he won't risk either player unless they're fully fit.

    Prop Dave Kilcoyne is also a doubt for the Reds after picking up an ankle injury in their defeat to Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup last weekend.

  • Matt Healy returns from injury to the wing for Connacht's game away to Southern Kings on Sunday.

    It's a strong side that contains the likes of Tiernan O'Halloran, Ultane Dillane and Sean O'Brien.

    Connacht have been based in Cape Town for the past week ahead of the game and are on a tour that will include a visit to Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs next weekend.
     
    Healy returns to a back three that includes Cian Kelleher on the opposite wing and Tiernan O'Halloran at full back. With Bundee Aki unavailable through his involvement in the November internationals, Kyle Godwin and Tom Farrell form the midfield while the half back pairing sees out half Jack Carty and Caolin Blade renew their partnership.
     
    Loosehead Denis Buckley, tight head Conor Carey and hooker with Shane Delahunt make up the front row trio. In the second row Ultan Dillane and James Cannon are named in the starting XV while Gavin Thornbury has returned from injury and is named among the replacements.
     
    The back row includes Sean O'Brien and Colby Fainga'a at blindside and openside respectively while Captain Jarrad Butler starts again at number 8.

  • TG4 will again broadcast 28 live games free to air this season, as well as deferred coverage of a further 9 interprovincial games.

    This will be followed by a bumper afternoon of live rugby on TG4 on Saturday 28th September as Scarlets take on Connacht.

    A weekly highlights programme will also be broadcast to bring Irish audiences the best action from the Guinness PRO14 Championship.

    TG4’s Rugbaí Beo coverage includes live coverage of all Connacht Rugby’s home games as well as live and exclusive coverage of all Connacht matches against Welsh opposition.

    The coverage will build on last year’s behind the scenes ref-briefings, warm-up interviews with head-coaches and audio-snoops on coaches and players.

    Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill will present the show and there will be expert analysis from Eimear Considine, Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, Marcus Horan, Ronan Loughney, Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Eamonn Molloy along with a host of others.