Saracens, last season's winners of an historic Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double, will get their 2016/17 European campaign underway with a truly heavyweight clash with three-time champions Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday, October 15.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced the contract extension of Ireland international Finlay Bealham. The 24-year-old prop, who was first capped for Ireland during this year's RBS 6 Nations, has signed a new contract that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2019.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU today announced that centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby due to a concussion injury and following a review with a neurologist last week where he was advised to retire.
Connacht were the first of the Irish provinces in pre-season action last night, as the reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions scored three tries in a 21-19 defeat to Montpellier. Check out our photo gallery from Saint-Affrique.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam has named his first matchday squad since the Guinness PRO12 final three months ago. The league champions will face Montpellier tonight (kick-off 8pm local time) as part of the Challenge Vaquerin tournament in Saint-Affrique, France.
The Connacht squad departed Ireland early this morning for a five-day training camp in the south of France. Pat Lam's men will also take part in the Challenge Vaquerin in Saint-Affrique with a game against Top 14 side Montpellier on Thursday (kick-off 8pm local time).
New Connacht signing Cian Kelleher has just completed his sixth week of pre-season training at the Sportsground. The 21-year-old, who signed with the province from the Leinster Academy, is thriving in his new surroundings.
The Irish Rugby Football Union provided an unbudgeted additional 1 million euro in the 2015/16 season to the provinces (250,000 euro each) to assist with the difficulties experienced by all in the player contracting market.
Elverys Intersport, one of Ireland's leading sports retailers with 58 stores nationwide, are the new title sponsors and official retail partners of Connacht Rugby. The new three-year deal will re-establish Elverys' relationship with Connacht Rugby dating back to 2005.
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.