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Connacht Rugby Agree New Three-Year Shirt Sponsor Deal

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Ricoh Stadium Coventry 11/12/2016 Wasps vs Connacht Connacht’s Bundee Ak

Following on from Munster’s jersey sponsorship announcement, Connacht have announced a deal for the next three seasons. Outdoor and workwear company Portwest will link up with the western province in what is their first venture into rugby. Portwest purports to be the fastest growing workwear company in the world. In addition to their online sales, they have three high street outdoor shops in Galway and …

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Matching Pro 12 Sides To Their Super Rugby Equivalents

Munster Chiefs Pro 12

The Pro 12 is back in full swing this week after a European break, with all attention turning to who will qualify for the playoffs. Super rugby is now 6 rounds in and with the first British and Irish Lions game less than two months interested has never been hotter. Which begs the question: which Pro 12 side matches a …

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Star Studded Bristol Imports Heading For The Championship

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast 21/1/2017 Ulster vs Bordeaux-Begles Bordeaux-Begles' Ian Madigan

Bristol have had a terrible season and after their heavy 32-14 loss to Gloucester on Friday night they look condemned to the Championship. Despite the awful form, they have not struggled in attracting some star names to join the ranks at Ashton Gate including current Connacht coach Pat Lam. All Black Steven Luatua is one such name, the blindside flanker …

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Two Coaches Appointed To Kieran Keane’s New Setup At Connacht

Kieran Keane Appointed New Connacht Head Coach 20/2/2017 ITM Cup, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, New Zealand 4/9/2015 Otago vs Tasman Tasman head coach Kieran Keane

Connacht have found life difficult as reigning Pro12 champions. Subsequent to their maiden champions, injuries have plagued this season. Pat Lam’s decision to leave for Bristol next season was an even worse blow, however. With Connacht sitting 7th in the Pro12 standings, facing a daunting run-in, they needed some good news. That news came in the announcement on Monday with two …

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Connacht Appoint Kieran Keane As New Head Coach

Connacht CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 04: Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane looks on prior to the ITM Cup match between Canterbury and Tasman at AMI Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Connacht have confirmed that Kieran Keane will succeed Pat Lam as the province’s head coach next year. Lam is moving to Bristol at the end of the season, and as a result, the western province were searching for a suitable candidate to replace the Kiwi. Keane, a former All Black, joins last year’s PRO12 champions from the Cheifs, where he was …

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Pro12 To Introduce Franchises From USA And Canada

Launch of the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Season 26/8/2014 General view of Guinness PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Guinness Pro12 has been working behind the scenes to include US and Canadian franchises in a new incarnation of the league. As reported in The Scotsman, the new league format would be called the ‘Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship’ and is planned to begin in the 2018-19 season. Such a prospect is clearly very exciting for all those involved and …

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Johnny Sexton Included In Irish Squad To Face France

Joe Schmidt has named a reduced 34 man Ireland squad to face France next weekend. Included in Schmidt’s initial squad is Johnny Sexton, who has missed both of Ireland’s opening Six Nations fixtures. Indeed, despite suggestions that the Leinster fly-half will have recovered in time to face France, the Irish Independent reported that he has until Tuesday to prove his …

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Pat Lam Responds Angrily To Jibe From Steve Hansen

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31: Blues coach Pat Lam (R) and All Black assistant coach Steve Hansen (L) look on during an Auckland Blues Super Rugby training session at Unitec on May 31, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Few coaches have been more admired in Ireland in recent times than Pat Lam. In guiding Connacht to a Pro 12 title last year, he resurrected a province previously thought surplus to requirements. Most impressively, he did it playing running, attractive rugby. Rugby that ultimately put Leinster to the sword in the final. His star has somewhat fallen in light …

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