Connacht begin a run of three successive away games with a trip to Parma where their GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Zebre last month was abandoned due to bad weather. The Italians were leading 22-10 at half-time.
The Connacht team to face Zebre in round 2 of the European Champions Cup at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Sunday (kick-off 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish time) has been named. Ahead of the trip to Italy, Pat Lam has made seven personnel changes to the side that defeated Toulouse six days ago.
The provinces picked up two wins out of three in the opening round of the European Champions Cup, with Connacht and Leinster both beating French opposition on home soil. Check out the match photo galleries and video highlights.
The Connacht team to face Ulster in the first interprovincial clash of the season has been named. Head coach Pat Lam has had to make six changes to the team that secured a bonus point victory over Edinburgh a week ago.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed the contract extensions of young Connacht players Sean O'Brien, James Connolly, Peter Robb and Caolin Blade. The four Academy graduates, who are part of the senior set-up this season, will continue to play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2018.
Over the past two-and-a-half months, the IRFU provincial academies have been hard at work preparing for the new season. Below is an insight into the work that is being done in the Connacht Rugby Academy which is managed by Nigel Carolan.