Connacht Rugby have confirmed that Conor McPhillips will take over as backs coach for the senior team from the start of the 2016/17 season. Andre Bell, who had previously held the role as backs & kicking coach for the last two seasons, has returned home to New Zealand to be with his family.
JP Cooney, Shane O'Leary and Daniel Qualter have all signed on to continue with the Connacht senior squad for 2016/17, while back rower Rory Moloney has been promoted from the province's Academy to join the senior ranks.
It will be an all-Irish affair at the GUINNESS PRO12 final on Saturday as, after 22 rounds of tough competition, the two teams that finished top of the table after the regular season - Leinster and Connacht - will face each other at the iconic BT Murrayfield.
It will be an all Irish affair at the GUINNESS PRO12 final on Saturday as, after 22 rounds of tough competition, the two teams that finished top of the table after the regular season - Leinster and Connacht - will face each other at the iconic BT Murrayfield.
Connacht, who have made the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs for the first time, will be looking for a repeat of their round 22 win over reigning champions Glasgow Warriors when the two meet again at the Sportsground on Saturday.
Following this morning's Captain's Run, Connacht head coach Pat Lam has named his team to take on Glasgow Warriors in the sold-out GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final at the Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm).
Connacht captain John Muldoon will play his 274th game for his home province on Saturday evening. The Portumna man has 13 seasons of professional rugby behind him but this is the first time he has played in a GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final.
The various head coaches, directors of rugby and player representatives from the four GUINNESS PRO12 semi-finalists were at BT Murrayfield as they prepare to battle for a place in the league final in Edinburgh on Saturday, May 28.
The annual GUINNESS PRO12 Awards took place at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, this evening. Players, coaches and key personnel from all 12 teams involved in the league were in attendance to celebrate the 2015/16 season.
With just two points separating the two sides at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12, it is all to play for in Galway as Connacht and defending champions Glasgow Warriors both look to nail down a home semi-final.
Connacht duo Tiernan O'Halloran and Kieran Marmion will win their 100th provincial caps when they run out at the Sportsground for round 22 of the GUINNESS PRO12 against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Ahead of Connacht's sold-out GUINNESS PRO12 final round clash with defending champions Glasgow Warriors on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm), the province's medical team have provided the following update.