There were some new faces at today's GUINNESS PRO12 season launch in London, including newly-appointed Leinster head coach Leo Cullen and stand-in captain Kevin McLaughlin. Check out some photos from the event at Diageo headquarters.
Connacht Rugby is one of four professional rugby teams in Ireland playing in both the Guinness PRO12 and the European Challenge Cup. We are currently inviting applications for the position of 'Rugby Development Officer' to facilitate the continued development of Rugby in NUIG.
As stars of Ireland's Six Nations-winning campaign were shining at the Women's Sevens Dublin tournament, there were also stellar performances from fellow internationals such as Ireland captain Niamh Briggs, Ailis Egan and Sophie Spence in the fifteen-a-side game in the opening round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship. Kate Rowan reviews the action.
Portadown RFC and the Sportsground in Galway play host to the two opening fixtures of this season's IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship as Ulster entertain Leinster and Connacht tackle defending champions Munster. Kate Rowan previews Saturday's games.
Pat Lam has named a 26-man squad to face Munster in Connacht's third and final pre-season clash before the start of the GUINNESS PRO12 in two weeks' time. The Thomond Park fixture kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday night, the same day that the Connacht Sevens side, coached by Conor McPhillips, will compete in the Limerick World Club Sevens tournament.
The eagerly-awaited 2015/16 IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship begins this weekend. Newly-appointed Leinster captain Ailis Egan and her Connacht counterpart Ruth O'Reilly spoke to Irish Rugby TV about the competition and facing each other in the scrum.
The opening fixtures this Saturday see defending champions Munster clashing with Connacht at the Sportsground and Leinster, last year's runners-up, face Ulster at Portadown RFC. Both games kick off at 3pm. See http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/women/interpro.php for more Championship details.
Following Connacht's pre-season game away to Castres Olympique and ahead of their third and final friendly clash with Munster on Friday night, the province's medical team have provided the following update.
The 2015/16 European Champions Cup will kick off in style when Leicester Tigers host Stade Francais in a mouthwatering round 1 clash at Welford Road on Friday, November 13. The Pool 4 meeting of the two-time winners and the reigning Top 14 champions - live on BT Sport - is just one of a number of heavyweight confrontations scheduled for the opening weekend of Europe's elite club tournament.
Pat Lam has named a young team for Connacht's pre-season clash with Castres Olympique in France on Friday night. The game, which is part of the Challenge Vaquerin, kicks off at 8pm local time/7pm Irish time at Saint-Affrique.
Early this morning, a 30-man Connacht squad set off for a five-day training camp in the south of France that will conclude with a game against Top 14 side Castres Olympique in Saint-Affrique this Friday night (kick-off 8pm local time).
The provinces have been busy both on and off the pitch in recent weeks, with the new GUINNESS PRO12 season now just weeks away. Check out some photos from the four camps, courtesy of Inpho Photography and Dickson Digital.
As a 30-man Connacht squad prepare to depart for a five-day training camp in the south of France, culminating in a game with Castres Olympique on Friday, there are some players that will continue their rehab and recovery at the Sportsground in Galway.
The 2015/16 GUINNESS PRO12 campaign will kick off on Friday, September 4 with last season's beaten semi-finalists - Ulster and the Ospreys - going head-to-head at Kingspan Stadium, and Leinster visiting Edinburgh.
Connacht's quest to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup takes them back to Kingsholm on Sunday where they will be gunning for revenge against their Challenge Cup conquerors from earlier in the season, Gloucester.
A last-minute try from Denis Buckley earned Connacht a deserved losing bonus point at home to the Ospreys, as the province secured their best-ever GUINNESS PRO12 finish of seventh and qualified for a European Champions Cup play-off away to Gloucester.
Connacht enter the final round of the GUINNESS PRO12 in seventh place which would secure them a European Champions Cup play-off away to Gloucester. The westerners could yet finish in the top six depending on how they get on against the Ospreys and results elsewhere.