Connacht Rugby

  • Connacht Junior Cup Semi-Finals
    Ballina 20-6 Connemara
    Sligo 13-11 Creggs

  • Ballina Rugby Club are seeking the help of anyone, near or far, in order to beat the weather and make sure one of the biggest games of the year is played this weekend.

    With weather conditions deteriorating rapidly, the club is making every effort to have their Heffernan Park pitch playable for Sunday's crucial top-of-the-table junior league game with Connemara.
     
    This morning, club President, William O'Connor has sent out a plea asking for help from the local farming community or agri suppliers.
     
    "A few years ago Connacht Rugby were in a similar position and they got a supplier to donate straw so that they could cover the pitch and make sure a big game could go ahead. 
    Today, we're wondering if there's anyone, or a group of people, out there who might help us in the same way.
    "If we could get enough straw to cover the pitch, we'd round up a band of volunteers who would help spread it on the surface and keep the ground soft.
    We want the game to go ahead and are doing everything we can to make sure it does. However, we need the help of the community on this occasion. I hope there's somebody out there who can help us."
     
    Any offers of help can be made by contacting 087 9394255
     
  • For many rugby fans in this part of the world, the changing weather signals the end of the club season and a well-earned break for players, coaches, officials and club officers. But there is still business to be done, and this coming Saturday, Ballinrobe RFC will host a Junior Interprovincial fixture for the first time ever.

    This year’s Connacht Junior squad, managed by Tuam’s Sean Higgins and Declan Slattery, will face off against Leinster in the opening fixture of the 3-match series in what is sure to be a mouth-watering encounter.

    The match day squad is not due to be named until later this week (Wednesday night) but there are 11 clubs from all over the province with players in the reckoning – Ballinrobe, Galwegians, Buccaneers, Monivea, Sligo, Tuam, Dunmore, Westport, Castlebar, NUIG and Ballina.

    From a local point of view its great to see four Mayo clubs represented with Ballinrobe trio of Daniel Keane, Rob Holian and Tom Staunton all in with a shout of making the squad for the opener this weekend on their home soil.

    Last season, number 8 Jack Winters was Ballinrobe’s only inclusion in the squad and the current Galwegians back-rower represented his former club with distinction.

    Keane and Holian were particularly impressive for Ballinrobe throughout the season and Tom Staunton was recently voted “Players Player of the Year” for 2018. Staunton, a native of Tourmakeady, will captain the club for the 2018/2019 season

    The game kicks off at 2.30 in The Green this coming Saturday and a huge crowd is expected.

  • Castlebar have won promotion to the J1A League by defeating Galwegians 20-18 in the playoff today. 

  • Connacht have been boosted by the return to fitness of full-back Tiernan O'Halloran for their game against Benetton.

     

    The Ireland international has made a swifter than expected recovery from a hamstring injury.

     

    Flanker Jarrad Butler and prop Denis Buckley also come into the side.

     

    Niyi Adeolokun and Ultan Dillane are both among the replacements.

  • Connacht have confirmed the signing of Robin Copeland.

    The back-row forward has signed a two-year contract at the Sportsground after it was announced last week he was to end his four-seasons with Munster.

    He will join Connacht at the end of the current season on a 2-year contract.

    Copeland has made over 60 appearances for Munster during four seasons with the club and previously played over 50 times with the Cardiff Blues.

    At international level, Copeland was capped for the Irish Senior International side when he made his debut against Georgia in November 2014. The back row has also represented the Irish Wolfhounds and Emerging Ireland sides.

     

  • Connacht have confirmed that they've parted ways with head-coach Kieran Keane.

    The 64-year-old had completed just one year of his three year term at the Sportsground.

    It was a disappointed season for the westerners who finished second bottom of Conference A of the Guinness PRO-14.

  • 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.

  • 1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC) Captain

    3

    Ryan O Meara (Buccaneers RFC)

    4

    Rob Holian (Ballinrobe RFC)

    5

    Eddie Dunning ( Westport RFC)

    6

    Rossa Dooley (Buccaneers RFC)

    7

    Stephen Joyce (Monivea RFC)

    8

    Roy Stanley (NUIG RFC)

    9

    Ryan Guilfoyle (NUIG RFC)

    10

    Niall Gray (Sligo RFC)

    11

    Tom Staunton (Ballinrobe RFC)

    12

    Daniel Keane (Ballinrobe RFC)

    13

    Matthew Mannion(Monivea RFC)

    14

    James Kennedy (NUIG RFC)

    15

    Dean McMahon (Buccaneers RFC)

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Ger Fahy (Monivea RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Padraic Mannion (Monivea RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Michael McColgan (NUIG RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Vinny Lally (Monivea RFC)

    20

    Ross Hickey (Buccaneers RFC)

    21

    Alan Brandon (Creggs RFC)

    22

    Luke Staunton (Castlebar RFC)

    23

    Jack Rowland (Castlebar RFC)

     

  • Connacht Juniors Teamsheet

    Versus

    Ulster

    Location, Date & Time

    Ards RFC Newtownards Belfast – 5th May 2018 – Kick Off  2.30pm

    Connacht Team

    1

    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)

    2

    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC) Captain

    3

    Shane McGuinness(Sligo RFC)

    4

    Rob Holian (Ballinrobe RFC)

    5

    Vinnie Lally ( Monivea RFC)

    6

    Rossa Dooley (Buccaneers RFC)

    7

    Stephen Joyce (Monivea RFC)

    8

    Roy Stanley (NUIG RFC)

    9

    Mickey Murphy (Ballina RFC)

    10

    Daniel Keane (Ballinrobe RFC)

    11

    Tom Staunton (Ballinrobe RFC)

    12

    Alex Corduff (Ballina RFC)

    13

    Matthew Mannion(Monivea RFC)

    14

    James Kennedy (NUIG RFC)

    15

    Ryan Guilfoyle (NUIG RFC)

         

     

    Substitutes

    16

    Ger Fahy (Monivea RFC)

    Hooker

    17

    Conor Mason (Ballina RFC)

    Prop

    18

    Michael McColgan (NUIG RFC)

    Prop

    19

    Eddie Dunning (Westport RFC)

    20

    Ross Hickey ( Sligo RFC)

    21

    Alan Brandon (Creggs RFC)

    22

    Luke Staunton (Castlebar RFC)

    23

    Dean McMahon (Buccaneers RFC)

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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 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 tied another of their key players to a new contract.

    Winger Matt Healy will stay with the province until at least the summer of 2020.

    Healy is Connacht's record try-scorer, crossing the whitewash 44-times in 104 appearances to date.

    His commitment follows that of back row Eoghan Masterson yesterday.

     

  • 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. 

  • In a first for the competition the series will take place in its entirety across eight days at University of Limerick, with the squad travelling to their base tomorrow morning ahead of the series opener against Leinster U18s on Saturday (k/o 11am).

    Next up is a meeting with Munster U18s on Wednesday 22nd August (k/o 3pm), followed by the concluding game against Ulster U18s on Sunday 26th August (k/o 1pm).

    Connacht U18 Head Coach Colm Tucker says:

    “We are looking forward to the upcoming challenge of the inter-pro series in UL. It will be the first time this format has been employed with 3 games over 8 days and it presents a very exciting and tough challenge with all teams boarding and training in UL for the duration. The squad have worked hard this summer and have prepared well. We are looking forward to getting to Limerick and getting the games underway. We would hope to see as many Connacht supporters there as possible to support the team.”

    NAME

    POSITION

    CLUB

    SCHOOL

    Alan Duffy

    Prop

    Ballina RFC

    Jesus and Mary Enniscrone 

    Aodha Hession 

    Scrumhalf

    Creggs RFC

    CBS Roscommon

    Caolan Hopkins

    Prop

    Ballina RFC

    St. Josephs, Foxford

    Cathal Fleming 

    Backrow

    Monivea RFC

    Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew

    Cathal Forde

    Outhalf

    Corinthians RFC

    Colaiste Iognaid

    Cian Scanlon

    Prop

    Corinthians RFC

    Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran

    Conal O'Grioffa

    Backrow

    Corinthians RFC

    Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran

    Conor O'Shaughnessy

    Fullback

    Galweigans RFC

    St Jarleths

    Daragh Hanrahan

    Centre

    Corinthians RFC

    Colaiste Iognaid

    Daragh Murray 

    Second Row

    Buccaneers RFC

    Colaiste Chiaran

    Diarmuid McCormack

    Backrow

    Corinthians RFC

    Colaiste Iognaid

    Donnacha Byrne

    Backrow

    Sligo RFC

    Summerhill College

    Eoin de Buitléar 

    Hooker

    Corinthians RFC

    Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran

    Harry Balsiger 

    Fullback

    West Offaly Lions 

    Gallen CS

    Hubert Costello

    Backrow

    Corinthians RFC

    Calasanctius College

    Hubert Gilvarry

    Fullback

    Sligo RFC

    Sligo Grammar

    Jack Power

    Centre

    Galweigans RFC

    Colaiste Iognaid

    Kacper Palamarczuk

    Number 8

    Westport RFC

    Rice College

    Leo McFarlane

    Scrumhalf

    Buccaneers RFC

    Marist College, Athlone

    Luke Hogge

    Centre

    Sligo RFC

    Colaiste Mhuire

    Martin Fallon 

    Second row

    Buccaneers RFC

    Marist College, Athlone

    Matthew Earley

    Hooker

    Carrick on Shannon RFC

    Sligo Grammar

    Oisin McCormack 

    Backrow

    Ballinasloe RFC

    Garbally

    Rory McCleane

    Wing

    Oughterard RFC

    Colaiste Einde

    Sam O'Sullivan 

    Centre

    Creggs RFC

    Marist College, Athlone

    Dylan Keane

    Centre

    Ballinrobe RFC

    Roscrea

     

  • connacht rugby

    Connacht will welcome a number of players back from injury for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with the Ospreys.

    Finlay Bealham, Craig Ronaldson, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Browne and Steve Crosbie are among those available to Kieran Keane again.

    Meanwhile, the province say winger Niyi Adeolokun is making good progress with his hamstring injury and could return later this month.

  • Connacht have tied Eoghan Masterson to a new two-year contract.

    The back row will stay at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2020.

    Masterson has made nearly 60-appearances for Connacht, almost half of which have come this season.