Connacht are bringing a festival of rugby to Galway for their pre-season friendlies which are due to take place in August. The province’s schedule of matches will include a first ever meeting with Australian Super 14 side Queensland Reds.
Connacht’s series of pre-season games in Galway will kick-off on Saturday, August 9 against Leeds before they face old rivals Harlequins a week later.
The following week Connacht will take on London Welsh on Friday, August 22 before concluding their pre-season fixtures against the Queensland Reds on Tuesday, August 26.
Connacht Australian-born lock Andrew Farley is really looking forward to playing his former side.
“It’s exciting. It’s been seven years since I played for Queensland so there are a lot of fresh young faces in that side since I was there and they’ve a lot of talent,” said the Ireland ‘A’ international.
“They’re starting to play a brand new style of rugby now and it’ll be a good experience for our guys to play a Southern Hemisphere side at the Sportsground.
“What is also worth noting is that the Reds will have played with the new ELVs for the previous season and it’ll be good for us to play against a side who’ve already adapted to that style of play.”
CONNACHT’S 2008/09 PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY MATCHES:
Saturday, August 9 – Connacht v Leeds, The Sportsground (kick-off 6.30pm)
Saturday, August 16 – Connacht v Harlequins, The Sportsground (kick-off 6.30pm)
Friday, August 22 – Connacht v London Welsh, The Sportsground (kick-off 6.30pm)
Tuesday, August 26 – Connacht v Queensland Reds, The Sportsground (kick-off 7.30pm)
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