The Sportsground

  • Ireland International Quinn Roux returns to to the Connacht side as skipper for the Heineken European Champions Cup away to Toulouse on Saturday

    Roux is among 10 changes to the Connacht side after their opening round win over Montpellier at The Sportsground.

    Toulouse named a strong side skippered by former All Black Jerome Kaino at number 8.

    The game kicks off at the Stade Ernest Wallon at 1 o'clock

     

    Connacht Team

    1. Matt Healy, 14. John Porch, 13. Tom Farrell, 12. Tom Daly, 11. Kyle Godwin, 10. Conor Fitzgerald, 9. Caolin Blade, 1. Peter McCabe, 2. David Heffernan, 3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 4. Ultan Dillane, 5. Quinn Roux (c), 6. Eoghan Masterson, 7. Colby Fainga'a, 8. Robin Copeland.

     

    Replacements:

    1. Shane Delahunt, 17. Matthew Burke, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Joe Maksymiw, 20. Paul Boyle, 21. Angus Lloyd, 22. Jack Carty, 23. Peter Robb,

     

    Toulouse Team

    1. Thomas Ramos, 14. Yoann Huget, 13. Sofiane Guitoune, 12. Lucas Tauzin, 11. Maxime Médard, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Sébastien Bézy, 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Joe Tekori, 6. Alban Placines, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 8. Jerome Kaino (c).

     

    Replacements:

    1. Julien Marchand, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Dorian Aldegheri, 19. Rory Arnold, 20. Selevasio Tolofua, 21. Francois Cros, 22. Pita Ahki, 23. Pierre Pages,
  • 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.

  • Connacht captain Jarrad Butler has committed his future to the province by signing a contract extension which will keep him at the Sportsground until the summer of 2022.

    The 28-year-old back-row forward, who becomes Irish qualified next year, says he's 'hugely honoured' to extend his stay at the western province.

    Butler was capped at under-20 level by Australia and was Connacht's player of the season in 2018.

  • Three senior Connacht players have signed new deals with the province.

    Tiernan O'Halloran, Sean O'Brien and Tom Farrell have all agreed contract extensions until the summer of 2022.

    Connacht have also announced the installation of temporary terracing for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with Leinster at the Sportsground.