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.
Pau accounted for Parma in the opening round, winning 33-28 in Parma and closing the deal at the weekend with a 25-6 victory in France. They include in their side six French internationals, former Wallaby lock Garrick Morgan and former Welsh fly-half Arwel Thomas. So the task facing the Connacht men is formidable to say the least, and if they were to get over the next French test then awaiting them in the quarter-final will be the winner from the Narbonne v London Irish game.
Their preparation for the next round of the Challenge Cup comes in the form of a clash Munster in the Celtic League on January 2nd in Dubarry Park.