Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.
Connacht's Dan McFarland is back at the Sportsground in Galway for his ninth pre-season as coach at the western province. The former prop has recently returned from his stint as head coach of Emerging Ireland whom he guided to the IRB Nations Cup title in Romania.
The PRO12, rugby's premier professional club competition in Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, today announced the fixtures for the 2014/2015 season and welcomed Guinness as the new title sponsors - the league will now be called the GUINNESS PRO12.
Connacht Rugby have announced Life Style Sports as their new title sponsors from July 2014. The four-season sponsorship deal sees the Irish-owned sports retailer replace Mazda as the province's main sponsors.
Connacht stalwart John Muldoon, who has played 222 times for his home province including over 50 European appearances, says fans can expect some 'great games' in the inaugural European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Leinster, Saracens and Toulon are guaranteed top seeding when the pool draw for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup takes place at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Tuesday (12pm Irish time).
Recently retired Connacht captain and former Ireland international Gavin Duffy has been appointed to a new role with the province - senior development executive within the commercial & marketing department.