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.
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.