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9 years 5 months ago #1077

Someone asked for it in the match thread

Connacht XV to Face Dragons
Connacht Rugby have announced the team that will face the Dragons (The Sportsground - Friday 23rd Sept - kick-off 19.30)
The starting XV sees 5 changes to that which earned a bonus point against Edinburgh last weekend. In the pack Ray Ofisa comes in at number 8 for the injured George Naoupu. Naoupu came off last weekend with a knee injury and is likely to be out for a number of weeks. Dave Gannon will make his first start since his return to the Province. The 6'6 secondrow, who has 55 caps for Connacht from his time here in 2005/08, replaces Michael Swift who is unavailable due to illness. After making his comeback from injury against the Scarlets 2 weeks ago Brett Wilkinson makes the starting lineup, with Ronan Loughney providing cover from the bench.
There's a new halfback pairing with Frank Murphy at scrumhalf and Niall O'Connor at outhalf. The 24 year old former Ulster and Ireland U20 player scored the winning penalty in Connacht's victory over the Scarlets at the Sportsground and crossed for his debut Connacht try against Edinburgh last weekend.
Brian Tuohy comes onto the wing for Mark McCrea. The flying winger has played for Ireland A and Ireland 7's and scored 2 try's in Connacht comprehensive 37-8 win over Glasgow last February.
Connacht XV to face Dragons (The Sportsground - Friday 23rd Sept - kick-off 19.30)
15 Gavin Duffy (C)
14 Brian Tuohy
13 Eoin Griffin
12 Henry Fa'afili
11 Tiernan O'Halloran
10 Niall O'Connor
9 Frank Murphy
1 Brett Wilkinson
2 Ethienne Reynecke
3 Rodney Ah You
4 Dave Gannon
5 Mike McCarthy
6 John Muldoon
7 Johnny O'Connor
8 Ray Ofisa

16 Adrian Flavin
17 Ronan Loughney
18 Dylan Rogers
19 Mick Kearney
20 TJ Anderson
21 Paul O'Donohoe
22 Mathew Jarvis
23 James Loxton

Tickets can be purchased from the Connacht Offices at the Sportsground, from www.connachtrugby.ie or from www.ticketmaster.ie . Supporters are reminded that this will be their last opportunity to purchase season tickets. Season tickets are the only way to guarantee entry to Connacht Rugby's Heineken Cup games, as well as all Connacht's RaboDirect PRO12 home matches, including Inter-Provincial clashes with Heineken Cup Champions, last year's League winners Munster and Ulster.


Aer Arann Renew Partnership

Aer Arann has once again teamed up with Connacht Rugby to remain as the Official Airline of the Connacht Rugby team until 2014 as part of a renewed sponsorship agreement.
Aer Arann will continue to invest significantly in Connacht Rugby over the next three years, including the provision of complimentary scheduled and charter flights to rugby destinations throughout Ireland, the UK and France.
Commenting on the official announcement Aer Arann Corporate Affairs Director Andrew Kelly said, "We've enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the Connacht Rugby team and fans over the last 6 years and we're delighted to stay on board again as the official airline of Connacht for the next three seasons"
"We look forward to continuing to welcome both the Connacht players and fans on board our flights in the future", he continued.
Tim Allnutt, Team Manager, Connacht Rugby said, "Aer Arann has been flying the Connacht Rugby team to rugby destinations for six years and the current agreement really demonstrates their continued commitment to Connacht Rugby. We are delighted that Aer Arann continues to be on the Connacht jersey and we look forward to continuing to work successfully with them over the next 3 years."
Aer Arann and members of the Connacht Rugby squad recently teamed up to promote both brands in a dedicated TV advert which will run on Setanta throughout the Rugby World Cup.

Edinburgh 19-14 Connacht 


Connacht got off to a flying start, winning a lineout 10m out from the Edinburgh line from the kickoff. The resulting pressure, along with a chargedown from Mike McCarthy gave Connacht valuable territory and possession but 3 penalties in the first 6 minutes from allowed Edinburgh clear their lines. Frank Murphy made the most of turnover ball inside The Connacht 22, he showed great pace before offloading to Tiernan O'Halloran who was dragged into touch by Tim Visser 5m short of the try line. Connacht kept the pressure on and after 1o minutes Matthew Jarvis stood up to take the first kick at goal of the night. The kick looked good but Italian referee Alan Falzone ruled it didn't go the distance. Further breaks from Tiernan and Gavin Duffy, as well as some big hits fro Mike McCarthy, Ethienne Reynecke and Matthew Jarvis kept Connacht in the Edinburgh half and after 25 minutes Jarvis had another attempt at the posts. His kick drifted just right of the sticks and 3 minutes later Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw's attempt at the Connacht posts dropped short. With 6 minutes to go before halftime Laidlaw scored the first points of the game kicking a penalty from just inside the Connacht half. Connacht captain Gavin Duffy was shown a yellow card just before half time as Connacht were made pay for a penalty count of 10 to 3 against them and with a minute left in the half Laidlaw increased the Edinburgh lead to 6 0.

The second half started brighter for Connacht, Matthew Jarvis kicking 3 points for Connacht after 3 minutes but Connacht struggled with referee Alan Falzone's interpretation of the breakdown and Edinburgh's Laidlaw slotted another 3 for the home side. A sustained Connacht attack forced Edinburgh to use their hands in the ruck and Matthew Jarvis added the 3 points for Connacht 12 minutes into the second half. Falzone was determined to make his mark on the game and awarded Edinburgh a penalty in front of the Connacht posts allowing Laidlaw to extend it to 12 points to 6. With 15 minutes gone in the second half Niall O'Connor replaced Matthew Jarvis and was called into action almost immediately with a kick in front of the Edinburgh posts to reduce the deficit to 3. Lee Jones made a break down the Connacht left wing but a brilliant covering tackle from Tiernan O'Halloran cut the attack short. The last quarter of the game saw the introduction of Paul O'Donohoe, Brett Wilkinson, Dylan Rogers and Adrian Flavin as the Connacht defence stood firm and kept the Edinburgh attack at bay with huge hits from Michael Swift (on his 200th cap for Connacht), Eoin Griffin, John Muldoon and Ray Ofisa. A Niall O'Connor grubber kick took a deflection off an Ediniburgh boot and replacement Gregor Hunter hacked the ball on and won the footrace to touch down for the first try of the game. Laidlaw converted to leave the score 19 - 9 with 10 minutes remaining. Connacht went straight on the attack and when Brett Wilkinson made a barnstorming break up the middle of the pitch, John Muldoon, Ray Ofisa and Brian Tuohy were on hand to recycle the ball quickly. The resulting fast ball and a deft loop let Niall O'Connor cross the whitewash for his first Connacht try. He missed the difficult touchline conversion but a stolen lineout gave Connacht the initiative and when the touch judge intervened for a late tackle on Brian Tuohy Connacht advanced into the Edinburgh 22. With just minutes left on the clock a stray pass and a hack ahead drove Connacht back into their own half and Edinburgh were able to close out the game 19 - 14.

Connacht:
Gavin Duffy ©, Mark McCrea, Eoin Griffin, Henry Fa'afili, Tiernan O'Halloran, Matthew Jarvis, Frank Murphy, Ronan Loughney, Ethienne Reynecke, Rodney Ah You, Michael Swift, Mike McCarthy, John Muldoon, Johnny O'Connor, George Naoupu
Replacements:
Adrian Flavin, Brett Wilkinson, Dylan Rogers, Ray Ofisa, Dave Gannon, Paul O'Donohoe, Niall O'Connor, Brian Tuohy.

Edinburgh:
Tom Brown, Lee Jones, Jim Thompson, James King, Tim Visser, Greig Laidlaw ©, Chris Leck, Kyle Traynor, Steve Lawrie, Shaun Knight, Grant Gilchrist, Steve turnbull, Sean Cox, Roddy Grant, Dave Denton
Replacements:
Andrew Kelly, Robin Hislop, Lewis Niven, Esteban Lozada, Stuart McInally, Alex Black, Gregor Hunter, Matt Scott

Last Chance for Season Tickets
With Connacht Rugby season tickets already having exceeded 3,000 for the first time and are still selling fast. However all good things must come to an end and tomorrow, Friday 23rd September is the final chance to get your. The benefits of a Connacht Season Ticket include:
• Free pint at every home game
• Free Membership of Connacht Clan Supporters Club
• Free Supporters Club Scarf
• 2 Free guest tickets for a non-Inter Provincial RaboDirect PRO12 Game of your choice
• 10% discount in Elverys Sports.
With Toulouse, Harlequins and Gloucester travelling to the Sportsground in the Heineken Cup this season, the only way to guarantee your place in the stand is by purchasing a season ticket. With allocations to visiting teams and the ERC taken care of, Season ticket holders will have first option to buy an extra ticket for these games.

To buy your season ticket, call into the Connacht Rugby Office in the Sportsground or contact 091-561568/eoin@cbirfu.com

Matchday Car Parking


Connacht take on the Dragons on Friday and supporters are advised that there will be no parking at The Sportsground on Friday 23rd September.
To facilitate travelling fans, Connacht Rugby have arranged for the opening of Moneenighesia School's carpark and Galwgians carpark at Glenina on the Dublin Road.


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9 years 5 months ago #1326

29/09/2011

Connacht XV to Face Ospreys
Connacht Rugby have announced the team that will face the Ospreys tomorrow night in the Liberty Stadium.
Following last weekend's home win over the Dragons Head Coach Eric Elwood has opted to keep the backline unchanged with Gavin Duffy captaining the side from fullback, Eoin Griffin and Henry Fa'afili in the centre and Brian Tuohy and Tiernan O'Halloran on the wings. The halfback pairing of Frank Murphy and Niall O'Connor remains with Paul O'Donohoe and Matthew Jarvis providing cover from the bench along with former Blues winger James Loxton.
A change in the frontrow sees Dylan Rogers replace Rodney Ah You at tighthead. Stuart Maguire covers that position from the bench. Michael Swift has recovered from the illness that ruled him out of contention last week and returns to the starting lineup while Dave Gannon moves to the bench. The other change in the pack sees TJ Anderson making his competitive start for the Province at blindside flanker. The 28 year old Magherafelt-born former Ulsterman replaces Ray Ofisa who moves to the bench. Brett Wilkinson and Ethienne Reynecke join Rogers in the front row with Flavin and Loughney backing them up while Mike McCarthy joins Michael Swift in the second row.
Connacht will be hoping to build on last week's success over the Dragons in the Sportsground. With 3 wins from 4 the Province currently sit in 3rd position and a win over the Ospreys would see them leapfrog the Welsh region to second.

Connacht XV to face the Ospreys (Friday 30th September - Liberty Stadium, Swansea 19.30 - live on S4C)

15 Gavin Duffy (C)
14 Brian Tuohy
13 Eoin Griffin
12 Henry Fa'afili
11 Tiernan O'Halloran
10 Niall O'Connor
9 Frank Murphy
1 Brett Wilkinson
2 Ethienne Reynecke
3 Dylan Rogers
4 Michael Swift
5 Mike McCarthy
6 TJ Anderson
7 Johnny O'Connor
8 John Muldoon

16 Adrian Flavin
17 Ronan Loughney
18 Stewart Maguire
19 Dave Gannon
20 Ray Ofisa
21 Paul O'Donohoe
22 Matthew Jarvis
23 James Loxton


Connemara Whiskey Renew Partnership with Kiosk
 
 

Connemara Whiskey has unveiled a bespoke hot whiskey kiosk which will form part of the hospitality on the new Clan Terrace side of the Sportsground in Galway.
The Connemara Whiskey Kiosk will be open for business at all RadoDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup home games and Connemara Whiskey has created a special hot chocolate whiskey drink to warm the Connacht Clan's cockles over the course of the season.
The Connemara Hot Chocolate fuses the smokiness of the Connemara Peated Single Malt Whiskey with the sweetness of chocolate cocoa.  The Connemara Whiskey Kiosk will also serve the traditional hot toddie consisting of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, lemon, cloves, sugar and piping hot water.
Connemara Whiskey also announced that it has extended its partnership deal with Connacht Rugby.  Connemara Whiskey has been the official spirit of Connacht Rugby since 2009.  All profits from the Connemara Whiskey Kiosk will go to Connacht Rugby to assist with the ongoing funding of activities on and off the field.
Jack Teeling, Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, said, "We are delighted to extend our partnership with Connacht Rugby in what is going to be a very exciting year for the province.  Connemara Whiskey has a lot of exciting activity planned for Connacht fans over the course of the season and we invite everyone to check out our kiosk and try the delicious Connemara Hot Chocolate."
Gerry Kelly, CEO, Connacht Rugby, commented, ""Connemara Whiskey have been a great partner of Connacht Rugby since 2009 and we are delighted that they have extended their partnership with us.  The addition of their kiosk will help improve the supporters experience on a match day".
 

Connacht 17-13 Dragons 

 

The Dragons got off to the better start of this encounter and outhalf Jason Tovey was unlucky when his 2nd minute penalty rebounded off the posts. He made amends with a 7th minute penalty as both sides struggled to come to terms with the slippy conditions and a high error count. Niall O'Connor slotted 3 points with a 40m kick shortly after to level things up and despite stealing a number of Dragons lineouts and some clean breaks from Johnny O'Connor, Tiernan O'Halloran and Brian Tuohy Connacht couldn't convert their possession into points. When the Connacht defence was finally breached it took a covering tackle from Mike McCarthy to bring down Dragons centre Ashley Smith 12m out from the Connacht line. The Dragons were on the front foot though and after a succession of quick rucks prop Nathan Williams bundled over from close range to score the 1st try of the game after half an hour. Tovey converted to leave the half time score 13 3 to the Dragons.
It only took a couple of minutes for Connacht to fire up their performance in the second half. The forwards won clean ruck ball with some big hits from Ray Ofisa, Ethienne Reynecke and Dave Gannon and it wasn't long before the badckline were firing on all cylinders with line breaks from Henry Fa'afili, Eoin Griffin and Tiernan O'Halloran to name but a few. Eric Elwood kept the pace of the game flowing with replacements and after 50 minutes, with Dylan Rogers, Adrian Flavin and Ronan Loughney on the park the fresh legs showed. The forwards created the momentum and Tiernan O'Halloran sprinted down the touchline and offloaded to Eoin Griffin to touch down in the corner. Matthew Jarvis, just on for Niall O'Connor, nailed the kick and the Connacht resurgence had well and truly started. TJ Anderson and Paul O'Donohoe both came off the bench and after some deft hands from Gavin Duffy, Adrian Flavin and man of the match John Muldoon and some quick rucking led to captain Gavin Duffy diving in to score Connacht 2nd try of the match and take the lead for the first time. Jarvis converted and though Connacht dominated the final 20 minutes and won a series of penalties they were unable to score a 3rd try but ran out deserved 17-13 winners.
Next up for Connacht is an away trip to the Ospreys next Friday night.
Speaking after the match Head Coach Eric Elwood said he was happy with the 4 points but that there was more to come from this young team:
"We're happy with the result again but a poor first half, never really got into the game and we lacked a bit of intensity in attack and defense and didn't really show a buzz about ourselves"
"We went in 10 points down deservedly at halftime, then we got the 1st try and it visibly gave the lads a lift, gave the supporters a lift and they got behind us, we kept playing and got the second score."
"We made a few changes, got on top in the set piece and I thought the lads who came on did exceptionally well so all in all we're happy with the result, a bit disappointed with some of the performance but fair play to the lads for showing great character to come back to win the game."
 

Muldoon Praises Crowd



The crowd get behind Connacht and help cheer them onto victory
Man of the Match John Muldoon speaks about the influence the Sportsground crowd had on last Friday's win over the Dragons.
"On a matchday your usually concentrating so much on what's ahead that you can zone out your surroundings but the atmosphere in the Sportsground on Friday night was immense. Once we finished our warm up and went on our half-pitch jog back to the changing-rooms before kick-off the roar from the crowd was deafening. It hammers home to you the number of people out there cheering you on and no matter how focused you are getting a lift like that just before kick-off is a huge boost."
"We didn't have the greatest start in the World last weekend and when we came out in the second-half we knew we had to play better as a team. Hearing over three and a half thousand people cheering you on certainly helped us get into that higher gear. When Johnny (O'Connor) buckled one of their backrow in a tackle down the left side and the roar went up from the Clan Terrace you want to get up and do the same, hit the next fella harder, knowing there's a couple of thousand people willing you on."
"The atmosphere in the Sportsground has definitely changed since the new stand went up. Our supporters are just as passionate as last season but with the covering of the terrace the noise is much louder and I'm sure the opposition found it very intimidating. We feed off the cheers and shouts, it lets us know on the pitch that we're doing something right. Knowing your giving people something to cheer about helps you get up after a bit hit and throw yourself right back into it and every big cheer means we've done something right, and that gets inside the oppositions head and plants a bit of doubt."
"I'm certain the crowd helped us win last weekend, it sounds a bit cliché but they really were the 16th man and to have that number of people here at the Sportsground to cheer us on is fantastic. The lads were saying after that they can't wait until the next match, I know it's a couple of weeks away yet but we're already looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd again."
Connacht's next home match is against the Cardiff Blues on Saturday the 29th October in the Sportsground. Tickets can be purchase fromwww.connacht.ie or from www.ticketmaster.ie
 

U20's Win Clean Sweep



Connacht U20's Celebrate their Historic Win

A magnificent first half display against a strong breeze set Connacht on their way to a rare U-20 Interprovincial championship title triumph when they made it three wins out of three, comprehensively defeating Munster 32-18 to clinch the crown at Dubarry Park, Athlone.

A hat-trick of tries by Shane Layden at his new club Buccaneers' home ground, which was in perfect condition, set Connacht on their way to lead 21-13 at the break. Although J.J. Hanrahan had opened the scoring with a 2nd minute penalty for Munster, Connacht gradually settled to the task on hand and were rewarded for a fine spell of pressure with their opening try on 14 minutes when fullback Layden was up in support to touchdown wide on the left. Tadhg Leader added a splendid conversion.

Almost immediately from the restart, Munster opted for a long kick ahead but, in the considerable wind, the ball went dead giving Connacht a scrum on halfway. Jack Carty made the initial snipe from this setpiece and Layden was at his shoulder to take possession and blistered his way through for a superb 17th minute try which Leader also converted to put Connacht in a very promising 14-3 lead.

But, within five minutes, Munster were back in the game when Miah Cronin fastened on to a loose ball when Connacht lost possession in a tackle on their own ten-metre line and the visiting skipper got to the line for a try which Hanrahan converted to narrow the margin. However, just four minutes later,  that man Layden was touching down to complete his hat-trick of tries, and this one was the best of the bunch. Outhalf Carty made a smashing break that split the Munster cover and the hugely impressive Layden romped away for a stunning try at the posts. Leader duly added the conversion while Hanrahan gave Munster some hope with a penalty just before the halftime whistle at which stage Connacht were comfortable leaders 21-13.   

Munster defended doggedly on the restart while Connacht's tempo understandably dropped somewhat but Leader extended their advantage with a 54th minute penalty. On the hour mark, Connacht sealed the match and indeed the championship when their best sustained and patient spell of pressure of the half yielded a try wide on the right. Conor Finn outfielded his opposite number to catch Carty's teasing chip and ground the ball for a bonus point try. Leader had a rare miss with the difficult conversion but the centre thumped over a long 68th minute penalty to put Connacht in an unassailable 32-13 lead and the westerners were then able to fully unload their bench.

Munster, out-thought and out-fought throughout, never stopped trying and, with home substitute Andrew Keating sin-binned, replacement Kevin Slater won the chase for a grubber kick to grab a consolation try in the final move of the match played in front of a decent attendance despite the less than ideal 4 p.m. kick off.

This was a terrific team performance by Connacht and the endeavours of the backline were truly a joy to witness especially in that opening period. Connacht were less flamboyant on the turnover but their defensive resilience and organisation meant that Munster rarely threatened. Having won their two previous fixtures away to Ulster and Leinster, Connacht were relentless in their quest for glory and did not let the occasion get to them. There can be no doubting their pedigree or merit on winning this coveted title.

After the game, IRFU Senior Vice-President and passionate Connacht man Billy Glynn was particularly proud to present the U-20 Interprovincial Championship Perpetual Cup to the victorious captain Brian Moylett.
Speaking about the campaign U20 coach and Academy Manager nigel Carolan said:
"We're delighted with the win and the manner in which we won the series. This hasn't happened over-night, this team has been 5 years in the making, both technically and physically. We've proven that we can play a fantastic brand of rugby, unfortunatley we left it late against Ulster and Leinster to prove we were the better side but today we started playing early and got the result we wanted in the manner we wanted."
"I thought the backs played particularly well, Jack Carty, Tadhg Keader, Robbie Henshaw and in particular Shane Layden, scoring 3 trys has to be commended. I thought Danny Qualter had a fantastic game. He claimed restarts, kick-offs and was outstanding in the loose but full credit has to go to the entire squad for this performance"

CONNACHT:- S.Layden; C.Finn, R.Henshaw, T.Leader, C.Boland; J.Carty, K.Marmion; P.Griffin, C.O'Connell, J.Dever; A.Kindregan, D.Qualter; A.Conneely, W.O'Brien and B.Moylett (captain). Replacements:- A.Keating (for J.Dever, 54 mins), E.Tarmey (for Kindregan, 54 mins), M.Dever (for Finn, 61 mins), I.O'Grady (for O'Brien, 61 mins), D.O'Dwyer (for O'Connell, 74 mins), J.Vaughn (for Boland, 74 mins) and M.Walsh (for Marmion, 74 mins). Temporary replacement:- J.Dever (for Conneely, 76 mins).

MUNSTER:- G.O'Suilleabhain; S.Glynn, R.Scannell, J.J.Hanrahan, S.Horgan; E.Mills, B.Haugh; B.Scott, J.Rael, N.Horan; S.Buckley, J.Donovan; M.Cronin (captain), C.Gallagher and R.Murphy. Replacements:- T.Ryan (for O'Suilleabhain, inj. 28 mins), E.Cross (for Cronin, inj. 49 mins), L.Cahill (for Donovan, 70 mins), N.Cronin (for Haugh, 70 mins) and C.O'Donnell (for Horan, 76 mins). 

REFEREE:- Barry O'Keeffe (IRFU).
 




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9 years 5 months ago #1361

I'm a bit surprised that Jarvis and maybe Flavin hadn't earned themselves a start after their contributions to the win over the Dragons.  Hopefully both NOC and Reynecke will step up their games as a result of the pressure being applied by Jarvis and Flavin.  Good to see Anderson get the start.  This side should be strong enough to cause the Ospreys some trouble and maybe claim a bonus point.

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9 years 5 months ago #1544

Connacht XV to Face Leinster
Connacht Rugby have announced the team that will take on Leinster tomorrow (Saturday 8th October, the RDS, Kickoff 17.00)
Eric Elwood has made just 3 changes to the starting XV from last week's bonus point loss to the Ospreys in the Liberty Stadium. Mark McCrea replaces the injured Tiernan O'Halloran. McCrea joined Connacht this season from Ulster and has featured in 3 of Connacht's 5 matches so far, scoring the winning try against the Scarlets in the Sportsground last month.
Ethienne Reynecke makes way for Adrian Flavin in the front-row. Flavin joined Connacht in 2006 from London Irish and has earned 108 caps for the Province as well as representing Ireland U19, U21 and Ireland A in 2008.
The final change sees Ray Ofisa return to the starting lineup. With 94 caps for Connacht the 6'1, 100Kg Samoan has been a near permanent fixture in the Connacht team since joining in 2007.

Connacht XV to face Leinster (Saturday 8th October, the RDS, Kickoff 17.00 live on TG4)
15 Gavin Duffy (C)
14 Mark McCrea
13 Eoin Griffin
12 Henry Fa'afili
11 Brian Tuohy
10 Niall O'Connor
9 Frank Murphy
1 Brett Wilkinson
2 Adrian Flavin
3 Dylan Rogers
4 Michael Swift
5 Mike McCarthy
6 John Muldoon
7 Johnny O'Connor
8 Ray Ofisa

16 Ethienne Reynecke
17 Ronan Loughney
18 Rodney Ah You
19 Dave Gannon
20 TJ Anderson
21 Paul O'Donohoe
22 Matthew Jarvis
23 Dave McSharry

The Connacht Rugby Supporters Club have organised a matchday package that includes the return bus to the RDS and a ticket for the match. The package costs just €45 and the bus will leave from Busker Brownes, Cross Street, Galway at 12.30pm and return half an hour after the final whistle. For more information, or to book your place on the bus please contact Martin Fallon on 091 561568 or mfallon@cbirfu.com before 5.00pm today


Heineken Cup Tickets for Season Ticket Holders

 

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce tickets for the 2011/12 Heineken Cup game against Toulouse (The Sportsground - Saturday 19thNovember) are on sale to Season Ticket Holders
• Season Ticket Holders will be contacted by email from TicketMaster directly (tomorrow, Wednesday 5th October) and will be given a password to login to www.ticketmaster.ie to avail of the option to purchase 1 extra ticket for Connacht's 1st home Heineken Cup match against Toulouse (The Sportsground, Saturday 19th November)
• Season Ticket Holders without email addresses will be contacted by post with instructions on how to contact TicketMaster directly.
• Season Ticket Holders will be able to avail of this offer from 10am on Wednesday 5th October until Wednesday 12th October unless otherwise sold out.
• Tickets are strictly limited and this offer operates on a first come first served basis. When they're gone, they're gone! There may be an opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to purchase tickets again if Toulouse do not take up their total allocation but this will not be clear until a week or so prior to the game.
• This extra allocation is for Adult tickets in the Bohermore and College Rd Terraces only
• Holders of Family Season Tickets have the option to purchase 2 extra tickets (either 2 adults, 2 childrens or 1 adult and 1 child) and are reminded that if purchasing extra tickets for children they must be accompanied by an adult with a similar ticket. Children are not permitted to be unaccompanied within the grounds. There are a small number of children's tickets available for the Clan Terrace and the Main stand.
• Extra Adult Tickets cost €30 and extra Child Tickets cost €10
Please note that TicketMaster are handling all our ticketing for this event. TicketMaster can be contacted through their website www.ticketmaster.ie


Ospreys 26-21 Connacht
 

With Swansea city experiencing an Indian Summer the clash between Connacht and the Ospreys kicked off in perfect conditions in the Liberty Stadium and it was the home side that started the brighter with fullback Barry Davies sliding in for a try after just 5 minutes. Outhalf Dan Biggar stood up and slotted the difficult conversion. He added a penalty 15mins later to stretch the Ospreys lea to 10 - 0. That all changed when Niall O'Connor kicked for territory following Richard Fussell's penalty on the halfway line. Connacht retained the ball through a number of phases and when the Ospreys defence had been sucked in captain Gavin Duffy crashed over after 25mins. O'Connor nailed the touchline conversion to bring the score to 10 - 7. Hanno Dirksen slid in for a try following some slick hands by the Ospreys backline left the winger free in the middle of the pitch. Biggar converted the try. Niall O'Connor added 3 points for Connacht with 3 minutes remaining in the first half and that was how it finished up at half time, Ospreys 17 - 10 Connacht.
The second half was a lively affair with both sides playing wide expansive rugby. Ian Gough was sin-binned for a punch and after 61mins Gavin Duffy scored his 2nd try of the night. Man of the Match Dan Biggar kicked 3 further penalties during the second half but a penalty and a Niall O'Connor drop-goal brought Connacht to within enough to earn a loosing bonus point and the final score was Ospreys 26-21 Connacht.
Next up for Conncht is an away trip to the RDS next Saturday to take on Leinster

Connacht:
G Duffy ©, B Tuohy, E Griffin, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran, N O'Connor, F Murphy, B Wilkinson, E Reynecke, D Rogers, M Swift, M McCarthy, TJ Anderson, J O'Connor, J Muldoon
Replacements:
A Flavin, R Loughney, S Maguire, D Gannon, R Ofisa, P O'Donohoe, M Jarvis, J Loxton

Ospreys:
B Davies, R Fussell, T Isaacs, A Bishop, H Dirksen, R Webb, D Jones, R Hibbard, A Jarvis, I Gough, I Evans, T Smith, J Tipuric ©, J Thomas
Replacements:
M Davies, C Griffiths, J Rees, J King, J Bearman, M Morgan, S Parker, K Phillips


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9 years 4 months ago #1782

Hospitality for Heineken Cup
 

As Connacht head into our first Heineken Cup campaign we are glad to announce that we will be offering hospitality packages for the Connacht Vs Toulouse and the Connacht Vs Gloucester games being played here in the Sportsground. The lucky holders of a hospitality package ticket will enjoy;

• Match ticket for the Clan Terrace (not seated)
• Match day programme
• Pre-match complimentary bar
• Buffet meal
• Guest speaker
• Half time cash bar facilities
• Post match entertainment
• and you will have the chance to meet the team.

Price is just €100 per person.
*Please note that this is not a sit down event.  There is no dress code and guests may wear rugby jerseys.  This event will take place in a hospitality marquee located on the training pitch as you enter the ground.

If you have any questions or If your would like to purchase our Hospitality Package please contact Lyndsy on            091 561568      or emailLyndsy@cbirfu.com
 

Tickets for Harlequins Available
 
 

Connacht Rugby have a number of tickets available for Connacht's 1st Heineken Cup game against Harlequins (Twickenham Stoop, Friday 11th November KO 20.00)

If you would like to purchase tickets please call into the Connacht Branch on College Rd, Galway or phone Eoin on            091 561568      . There will be a €5 administration fee for tickets that require posting and all tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Tickets are available in the following categories in the Twickenham Stoop:
€50 Block FG (Between 22 and half way line)
€37 Block AA, FJ (Between the 22 and the goal line)
€30 Block GB (Behind the goals)
 


Connacht Team up with Hartmanns



Connacht Rugby team up with Hartmanns of Galway
In association with Tag Heuer, the official timekeepers of the Rugby World Cup 2011/12, Hartmanns of Galway will present a Tag Heuer watch to the Connacht Player of the Month.
The coveted award is presented monthly to Connacht players who have demonstrated exceptional skill on the pitch as well as displaying dedication to the club, integration with the squad and interaction with the wider community.
Speaking about the partnership Connacht Rugby's Commercial Manager Fiona Keys said:
"We are thrilled Hartmanns of Galway will be sponsoring our Player of the Month award with such an exclusive prize. As the leading jewellers in the West of Ireland, Hartmanns of Galway are synonymous with integrity, value, quality and service and we see these characteristics as a very close fit with our own."
Head Coach Eric Elwood added:
"The Player of the Month award is highly sought after within the squad as it reflects not just the hard work the guys do on the pitch but the contribution they make off the field as well. Having a family owned business with a reputation such as Hartmanns of Galway sponsoring the award, with a Tag Heuer watch, adds incredible value to the honour and we are delighted with the partnership.
4th generation Director Richard Hartmann said:
"Hartmanns of Galway are very excited about this partnership; it provides us with a unique and innovative way to interact with the Connacht Rugby and align both brands. Tag Heuer are the official timekeepers or the Rugby World Cup and it is very fitting that we can offer this exclusive prize to the Connacht Player of the Month"
The 1st recipient of the Player of the Month Award is Michael Swift. After earning over 200 caps for Connacht, 33 year old 'Swifty' is an integral member of the squad who is heavily involved with as many aspects of the club off the field as he is on the pitch. He was presented with his Tag Heuer by Richard Hartmann at their Shop Street premises.
Hartmanns of Galway are the only store in the west of Ireland where you will find top Swiss watches such as Rolex, Tag Heuer and Omega. They are exclusive agents for designer jewellery brands such as Hearts on Fire, Marco Bicego and Fope. They are also stockists of top silver brands Ti Sento and Links of London.
Beyond this array of Premier Designers and watch brands you will find the most exclusive collection of diamond engagement and wedding rings and their team will be delighted to present to you in the comfort of their private viewing rooms. Find out more on www.hartmanns.ie
 

Connacht Rugby Claim Galway Chamber Award


Connacht Rugby took a top prize in the Galway Chamber President's Dinner & Business Awards 2011 last Saturday. The Award for Arts, Sports & Culture was bestowed on the club in recognition of it's contribution to the local economy in Galway over the last number of years.
Commercial Manager Fiona Keys was presented with the award on behalf of Connacht Rugby at the exclusive awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit on Sturday night.
The Galway Chamber recognised the importance of Connacht Rugby to the local economy acknowledging the fact that in the past year the club employed over 70 people and contributed nearly €3 million to the economy in wages. With 16 teams visiting Galway last year over 650 beds were filled by travelling squads while their supporters booked between 1,000 and 2,000 hotel rooms. For Connacht's lucrative Inter-Provincial clashes the city saw an increase of over 4,000 day-trippers with visiting fans spending in the region of €1.35 million on food and beverages whilst the headline figure showed that Connacht Rugby contributed approximately €6 million to the Galway economy.
With Connacht competing in the Heineken Cup for the 1st time this year there will be an extra boost in visitors to the Province. Connacht welcome French rugby powerhouses Toulouse on the 19th of November and with the Sportsground already sold out and many more travelling to Galway to sample the atmosphere the city is set for a tourism bonanza. December and January sees visits from Aviva Premiership giants Harlequins and Gloucester as Europe's elite cup competition continues in the West.
Speaking about the award Connacht Rugby CEO Gerry Kelly said:
"We're delighted to be presented with this award. It recognises the hard work that has been done both on and off the pitch at Connacht Rugby and we look forward to continuing to drive the economy in the region for many years to come."
"This recognition also acknowledges the work of our commercial and marketing team led by Fiona Keys"
"The Galway Chamber work very hard with the local business to maintain the city as a vibrant hub of tourism and culture and we are very pleased to play an active role in helping to achieve this."
"I'd like to pay special tribute to the businesses across the Province who have supported us over the years. This vital support, be they sponsors, suppliers or loyal fans enables us to continue to represent the Province across Europe."


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9 years 4 months ago #1785

good to see connacht rugby winning that and showing that they help bring so much money into galway city. Also maybe more pubs and shops might want to sponser the team as they would send supports there way.
Will be interested to see how many will go with the 100e packet for the heineken cup match.

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October 28th - Nothing new here

Duffy asks Province to FRONT UP RISE UP



Eric Elwood Calls the Province to Arms
As Connacht Rugby take their first steps in the Heineken Cup this year, captain Gavin Duffy has called on the people of Connacht to get behind the team's call to arms and Front Up, Rise Up.

The bold statement comes as Connacht welcome French rugby giants Toulouse to the Sportsground in their first home Heineken Cup match on Saturday 19th November.

Duffy comments, "We are calling on all the people of Connacht to come out and support our team. Tickets for the match will be hard to come by but there are many ways you can support the team mainly through our Facebook page ( www.Facebook.com/ConnachtRugby ) where you can now upload a video, post a picture or simply type your message of support which will be read in by the team in the run up to our Heineken Cup games".

He continues, "When we played Toulon in the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup two seasons ago, teams and schools from across the Province sent in their messages and we had them all displayed on boards around the dressing room. It really hammered home the support we had from all over and it was a huge motivator for the team. This year we face a similar challenge so we're asking people from every corner of the Province to do the same and upload their messages of support to our Facebook page"

To upload your picture, video or message, log on to www.Facebook.com/ConnachtRugby   The top 100 images of support will be used to form part of Connacht Rugby's 'The Green Mile'.


Connacht XV to face Cardiff Blues

Tongan World Cup star Fetu'u Vainkolo is set to make his Connacht Debut tomorrow as they welcome the Cardiff Blues to the Sportsground at 6pm. The 26 year old winger played twice for the Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, scoring a try in their 31-18 victory over Japan. He slots in on the rights wing and joins captain Gavin Duffy and the returning Tiernan O'Halloran in the back three. Samoan international centre Henry Fa'afilli renews his exciting partnership with Eoin Griffin who comes back into the team after missing the trip to the RDS with a late injury. The half-back pairing again sees Frank Murphy paired with Niall O'Connor.
There are two changes in the front-row with Adrian Flavin coming in at hooker and Rodney Ah You coming in at tighthead. They join Ireland Wolfhound Brett Wilkinson who starts at loosehead. Michael Swift and Mike McCarthy are selected in a second-row that has over 300 caps between them.  There is more experience in the back-row with centurions John Muldoon and Johnny O'Connor joined by Ray Ofisa who is winning his 96th cap for the province. The pack has a total of 948 caps and they will look to call on all their experience as they look to extend their 100% home record this season.

There is more good news for Connacht amongst the replacements with George Naoupu returning after picking up an injury away to Edinburgh and Miah Nikora making his first appearance of the season. The Kiwi out-half came off the bench in the 'A' game against Munster last Friday and he will be sure to get a rapturous welcome from the Connacht Clan if he takes to the field. 

You can read a full match Preview on the Connacht BLOG.

Connacht team v Cardiff Blues, The Sportsground, 29th October 6pm:

1.   Brett Wilkinson
2.   Adrian Flavin
3.   Rodney Ah You
4.   Michael Swift
5.   Mike McCarthy
6.   John Muldoon
7.   Johnny O'Connor
8.   Ray Ofisa
9.   Frank Murphy
10.   Niall O'Connor
11.   Tiernan O'Halloran
12.   Henry Fa'afilli
13.   Eoin Griffin
14.   Fetu'u Vainikolo
15.   Gavin Duffy ©
16.  Ethienne Reynecke
17.  Ronan Loughney
18.  Dylan Rogers
19.  Dave Gannon
20.  George Naoupu
21.  Paul O'Donohoe
22.  Miah Nikora
23.  Brian Tuohy
 
Hospitality for Heineken Cup
 

As Connacht head into our first Heineken Cup campaign we are glad to announce that we will be offering hospitality packages for the Connacht Vs Toulouse and the Connacht Vs Gloucester games being played here in the Sportsground. The lucky holders of a hospitality package ticket will enjoy;

• Match ticket for the Clan Terrace (not seated)
• Match day programme
• Pre-match complimentary bar
• Buffet meal
• Guest speaker
• Half time cash bar facilities
• Post match entertainment
• and you will have the chance to meet the team.

Price is just €100 per person.
*Please note that this is not a sit down event.  There is no dress code and guests may wear rugby jerseys.  This event will take place in a hospitality marquee located on the training pitch as you enter the ground.

If you have any questions or If your would like to purchase our Hospitality Package please contact Lyndsy on            091 561568      or emailLyndsy@cbirfu.com


Tickets for Harlequins Available
 
 

Connacht Rugby have a number of tickets available for Connacht's 1st Heineken Cup game against Harlequins (Twickenham Stoop, Friday 11th November KO 20.00)

If you would like to purchase tickets please call into the Connacht Branch on College Rd, Galway or phone Eoin on            091 561568      . There will be a €5 administration fee for tickets that require posting and all tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Tickets are available in the following categories in the Twickenham Stoop:
€50 Block FG (Between 22 and half way line)
€37 Block AA, FJ (Between the 22 and the goal line)
€30 Block GB (Behind the goals)


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9 years 4 months ago #2008

Didn't want to start a new thread but was pleasantly surprised to get an e-mail today offering the chance to purchase up to 4 more tickets from Tuesday to Thursday for the Toulouse game. How does this work? Simple Maths would suggest they can't offer this to all season ticket holders. is it if you bought one of the extra tickets that you get the opportunity?

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First come first served I believe.


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