Rugby

  • Former Ulster hooker Jonny Murphy is joining Connacht.

    The 26 year old is an Ireland underage international and will leave the Rotherham Titans for the Westerner Province in the summer.

  • Guinness Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi remains optimistic that a finale of sorts to the 2019-20 campaign can still be salvaged from the damage caused to the rugby season by the coronavirus pandemic.

     

    All manner of contingency plans have been devised, ranging from one week to, ideally, an eight-week window which would begin with two rounds of derbies before the three playoff rounds, while also working in three playoff rounds of the two European competitions.

     

    Playing games, initially, behind closed doors and also working in double-headers or midweek games are other possibilities being considered.

  • Ireland U18 Clubs Head Coach Fiach O’Loughlin has named his squad for this Saturday’s test vs Italy in Treviso (kick off 4pm).

    The squad includes 11 of the Connacht U18 side that won the interprovincial crown in August – the province’s first title at U18 level for 10 years.

     

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    Name

    Club/Academy

    Province

    1

    Monty Royston

    Hartpury RFC

    IQ Rugby

    2

    Eoin de Buitléar

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    3

    Cian Scanlon

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    4

    Darragh Murray

    Buccaneers RFC

    Connacht

    5

    Jay Traynor

    Waterpark RFC

    Munster

    6

    Mark Boyle

    Gorey RFC

    Leinster

    7

    Oisin McCormack

    Ballinasloe RFC

    Connacht

    8

    Donnacha Byrne

    Sligo RFC

    Connacht

    9

    Aodha Hession

    Creggs RFC

    Connacht

    10

    Michael Cooke

    Newcastle Falcons

    IQ Rugby

    11

    Zach Kavanagh

    Bristol Bears

    IQ Rugby

    12

    Karl Martin

    Boyne RFC

    Leinster

    13

    Shane Jennings

    Ballinasloe RFC

    Connacht

    14

    Josh O’Connor

    Wexford Wanderers RFC

    Leinster

    15

    Jamie Osbourne

    Naas RFC

    Leinster

    16

    Dylan Murphy

    Nenagh RFC

    Munster

    17

    Liam Bishop

    Yorkshire Carnegie RFC

    IQ Rugby

    18

    Darragh McCarthy

    Cobh Pirates RFC

    Munster

    19

    Cathal Fleming

    Monivea RFC

    Connacht

    20

    Hubert Costello

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    21

    Ethan Coughlan

    Ennis RFC

    Munster

    22

    Cathal Forde

    Corinthians RFC

    Connacht

    23

    Conor O’Shaughnessy

    Galwegians RFC

    Connacht

     

    Head Coach – Fiach O’Loughlin

    Assistant Coach – Johnny Graham

    Team Manager – Philip Coyle

    S&C – Matt Godfrey

    Baggage Master – Mick Coughlan

    Physio – Nicola Bolger

    Doctor – Padraig Sheeran

    Analyst – Jim Herring

  • Ireland West Airport has announced a new partnership with Connacht Rugby and Ireland Outhalf Jack Carty.

    It’s part of a strategic initiative aimed at strengthening the airport’s links with the community. 

    Jack Carty, a Roscommon native, currently plays for Connacht Rugby in the Pro14, having come through the team's academy. He is Connacht's record points scorer in the Pro14, after overtaking Ian Keatley in March this year.

    He has represented Ireland at various under-age levels internationally. Most recently he won the 2019 Zurich Players' Player of the Year Award.

    Jack was named in the senior Irish squad for the opening rounds of the 2019 Six Nations and made his debut in February of this year.

    An accomplished sportsman, The Connacht man represented Roscommon at minor level as well as lining out for the Republic of Ireland soccer team at underage levels up until he was 15.

     Working with locally produced sports stars is part of a new strategic initiative by the airport aimed at strengthening the airport’s links with the community. 

    As part of the new partnership Jack will work with the airport on the development of new campaigns.

    Commenting on today’s announcement, Donal Healy, Head of Marketing, Ireland West Airport said ‘As an airport for the people of the region, it’s one of our core values to ‘support local’ and being a proud Connacht man, born and bred, Jack epitomises this. The airport is looking forward to working with Jack on a number of exciting new campaigns in the coming months supporting local initiatives and hopefully we will have the opportunity to cheer him on in the Rugby World Cup in Japan next September’.

    Jack Carty said he is delighted to team up with Ireland West Airport. As a local person from Roscommon one of my favourite career memories to date was on that famous night in 2016 when we arrived back into our local airport after being crowned PRO12 champions to a reception of over 5,000 people. 

     

  • The IRFU are targeting a return for rugby in August, with a series of games planned for the Irish provinces.

    At a press briefing, the IRFU's Chief Executive Philip Browne says they are hopeful of staging a round of interprovincial games behind closed doors on the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd.

    Meanwhile the IRFU are also set for a financial windfall of up to 30 million euro.

    It comes after private equity group CVC bought a 28 percent stake in the Guinness PRO 14.

    5 million of that total is set to be received up front.

    Rugby officials have taken the first steps towards possibly revamping their global calendar.

    The Six Nations and their Southern Hemisphere counterparts have released a joint statement, confirming they are in discussions over aligning both their annual competitions.

    Earlier this month it was reported the Six Nations were open to the possibility of moving the competition back by a month to align themselves with the Rugby Championship.

    Both parties have confirmed early discussions are taking place to bring greater clarity to both the club and international calendars.

  • Ballina RFC have announced that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be the guest speaker at their Eve of Pro14 Final lunch in Landsdowne Road on 25th May.

    The fundraising event will take place in the Wanderers RFC clubhouse in the Aviva Stadium.

    Ballina RFC say they’re delighted the Grand Slam winning coach will be guest speaker and it promises to be another great day in the history of Ballina Rugby Club.

    Tickets for the event are strictly limited, and are available from the club.

     

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    Malahide 38-17 Ballina

  • Leinster number eight Caelan Doris from Lacken has been handed his first Ireland start in Saturday's Guinness Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. 

    The Mayo man is joined in the back-row by his provincial teammate Josh van der Flier and Munster's CJ Stander.

    New Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell has opted for the familiar half-back pairing of Conor Murray and fit-again captain Johnny Sexton with the in-form John Cooney having to settle with a place on the bench.

    Jordan Larmour has shaken off injury to start at full-back with Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale on the wings, and Connacht's Bundee Aki joins Garry Ringrose in midfield.

    Rob Herring starts at hooker with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong completing the front-row while James Ryan and Iain Henderson are the locks.

     

     

  • Mayo's Caelan Doris is set for a return to the Ireland bench for Sunday's Six Nations showdown with England at Twickenham.

    Head coach Andy Farrell is likely to name the same 15 that started against Wales at this afternoon's press conference.

     

  • Leinster's Caelan Doris  and Ulster's Will Addison are to be a part of the Irish rugby training camp in Cork this week.

     

    The Lacken native suffered a head injury early on in the win over Scotland.

     

    Ireland play England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday week.

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    Miidleton 17-10 Ballina 

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    Paddy Jackson will be making a sooner-than-expected return to Irish shores.

    His new side Perpignan have been drawn in the same European Challenge Cup pool as Connacht.

    Joining them in a tough Pool 3 will be Sale and Bordeaux-Begles.

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    Roscommon CBS defeated Coláiste Iognáid at Creggs rugby grounds yesterday to qualify for the Connacht Schools Senior Cup final for the first time.

    The Roscommon side will take on 46-times champions Garbally in the final on 13th March.

     

     

  • Saturday

    Senior Cup

    Galweigans v Ballina Crowley Park prelim a   2:30 

    All Ireland Junior Cup

    Castlebar v Ballyclare     Cloondeash       2:30

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    Colaiste Iognaid 27-7 St Muredach's College 

  • Connacht have been given some renewed stability with the news that three of the province's coaching staff have signed contract extensions.

    Attack coach Nigel Carolan, forwards coach Jimmy Duffy, and defence coach Peter Wilkins have all signed new deals tethering them to the Sportsground until the summer of 2021

    Head coach Andy Friend says the signing of the new contracts means they can continue to focus on bringing winning rugby to Connacht.

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    Joe Schmidt has named a 38-man squad for the first two rounds of the Six Nations.

    Among them are three uncapped players - all from Connacht.

    Centre Tom Farrell, out-half Jack Carty and scrum-half Caolin Blade all get the nod.

    Carty's inclusion comes at the expense of Ross Byrne.

    There's no Dan Leavy, but Schmidt says the Leinster flanker will likely return when fully fit.

    Connacht's Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw and Ultan Dillane are all named in Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad.

    The squad will embark on a warm weather training camp in Portugal next week ahead of their opening match against England at the Aviva Stadium on 2nd February.

     

     

  • Tom Daly has joined Connacht on loan until the end of the season.

    The Leinster centre has joined the western province amid a mini injury crisis in defence at the Sportsground.

    Daly's first game for Connacht could come against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday.

  • Ulster travel to Connacht tomorrow evening in pursuit of a fifth straight victory.

    Wing Henry Speight starts his last game for the province before returning to Australia in the New Year.

    Out-half Johnny McPhillips, wing Angus Kernohan, centre Darren Cave and flanker Nick Timoney come into the starting 15.

    Ulster defeated Munster last Friday night and head-coach Dan McFarland was pleased with their display in Belfast

    Connacht have made four changes in the pack from their last-gasp defeat at Leinster last time out.

    Hooker Shane Delahunt and prop Conor Carey come into the front-row, Quinn Roux starts at lock, with Sean O'Brien at blindside flanker.

    Stephen Fitzgerald, who signed on loan from Munster yesterday, is among the replacements.

     

  • Ultan Dillane is the latest senior player to commit their future to Connacht.

    The Ireland international second row has signed a contract extension keeping him at the Sportsground until the summer of 2021.

    The news comes 24-hours after Jack Carty signed a similar deal.

    Connacht play host to Sale in Pool 3 of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.