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Focus Friday – Connacht Vs Leinster

Tonight all eyes avert to the Sportsground in Galway, where Connacht host the reigning champions of the Guinness Pro12 – Leinster. Connacht lie third in the Pro12 two weeks in, completing an impressive double over the Dragons and Edinburgh. These wins are symbolic as they’re games the old Connacht may have thrown away at the death, but this Connacht side …

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Five Key Battles: Connacht Vs Leinster

Round three of the Guinness Pro 12 throws up the first Irish interprovincial clash of the new season. Defending league champions, Leinster travel west to Galway in the unfamiliar position of being below Connacht in the table. Matt Cassidy previews five of the key battles that will take place in tonight’s game.  Pat Lam’s men head into the match full …

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Focus Friday – Exciting Time To Be A Connacht Rugby Fan

This week’s edition of Focus Friday talks about the excitement building at the Sportsground as Connacht look like they could enjoy a successful season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Cast your eyes back to 2003 – a heartbroken Munster continued their on their quest for European glory. Leinster showed flashes of promise but were susceptible to vanish when the big games came …

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Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons: Five Main Talking Points

The Sportsground was bathed in sunshine as Connacht opened their season against the Dragons. Pat Lam’s summer spending spree has added quality and depth to the Westerners’ squad, but with cash being splashed expectation quickly follows and the 4,213 who were in attendance in Galway on Saturday evening were anticipating a home victory. 1. The Cards Three players were sent …

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Tough Draw For Irish Sides For Inaugural Rugby Champions Cup

The Irish provinces have been handed very tough pools for the inaugural Rugby Champions Cup for next season. Munster have been placed in Pool 1 alongside beaten finalists Saracens, French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne and a Sale Sharks side that includes the mercurial Danny Cipriani. Saracens lost out to Toulon in May’s final 23-6 while Clermont were beaten by the same …

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Concussion Concludes Craig Clarke’s Connacht Career

Pundit Arena’s John Elliott discusses the sad announcement of Craig Clarke’s retirement from rugby due to a number of concussions. The game of rugby can be a cruel mistress at times. For both players and fans alike it can be merciless in so many ways. Be it the loss of a cup final by one point or being dropped from a squad due …

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Former Irish Rugby International Gavin Duffy Returns To GAA Roots

After 11 seasons with Connacht, Mayo native Gavin Duffy’s contract was not renewed this year and after a fifteen-year absence he is back training with the Mayo Senior Football squad. The 32-year-old has previously played minor with Mayo and was part of the team that lost the All-Ireland minor final to Down in 1999. The Mayo County Board last night released …

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IRFU’s Special Player Project: A Waste of Time & Money?

“Hopefully when the time is right and if I’m playing good footy, hopefully I can play for the Ireland international team.” The words of Bundee Aki who recently signed a three-year deal with Connacht. The powerful centre who plies his trade with the Chiefs in Super Rugby at present, will add a cutting edge to the Western province’s backline, but …

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RTBC – Connacht Rugby On The Up

For the past couple of years Connacht have spent their seasons with many highs, but considerably more lows.  However, the tide at the Sportsgrounds may be about to turn. Connacht announced the signing of New Zealander Mils Muliaina during the week, in what is a true marquee signing for the Western club. The Westerners have shown tremendous spirit in seasons gone by but they always seemed …

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Irish Rugby: A Team Of The Worst Overseas Provincial Signings

After bringing you the best overseas provincial signings it only would be right to look back on Irish rugby imports who did not exactly have the desired impact that was hoped for. So, who should have been stopped at customs and sent back to where they came from before they trotted onto a rugby field in Ireland? The Fifteen The …

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