18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Narbonne 35 - Connacht 29
Tries: Warwick (2), Riordan, Mostyn, Lacey
Cons: McHugh (2)
Tries: Heksteen, Labit, Noutary, Ruiz, Pen try
Cons: Rosalen (4), Ruiz
Connacht ran in five tries during a useful pre-season clash with Narbonne at Parc des Sports et de L'Amitie on Saturday night.
The game was a good work-out for Michael Bradley's men who rested several of the players who were with the Irish squad in Spala.
Prop Brett Wilkinson and hooker Adrian Flavin made their debuts for Connacht, while so too did Andrew Browne of Galwegians.
The Irish U-19 star followed in the foot-steps of older brother Damien when he made his first appearance for the Connacht senior side when he was introduced for the final quarter.
For a full match report click here.
Connacht: M Mostyn; K Matthews, P Warwick, G Williams, D Riordan; M McHugh, C O'Loughlin; B Wilkinson, A Flavin, S Knoop; D Gannon, A Farley; B O'Connor, M Lacey, C Rigney.
Replacements: M Diffley for Wilkinson, half-time; J Fogarty for Flavin, 53 mins; R Loughney for Knoop, 53 mins; T Tierney for O'Loughlin, 60 mins; D Slemen for McHugh, 60 mins; J Hearty for Warwick, 60 mins; A Browne for Gannon, 60 mins.
Narbonne: N Nadau; PA Negre-Gauthier, V Noutary, O Bennasis, J Candelon; C Rosalen, L Balue; R Palomera, T Algret, L Ducalon; L Michaux, H Heksteen; JM Bisaro, G Taussac, C Labit.
Replacements: F Rofes, B Mololo, A Martinez, B Beau, J Seron, C Ruiz, T Van Resburg.