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Date: Saturday 7th January 2023 ...
The IRFU have named a 37-man squad for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations Championship.
Connacht have 4 players named in the 37 man squad.
6N Kicks off Saturday 4th Feb @ 14:15 with Ireland home to Wales.
If you're not heading to the Match, why not join us in Clan HQ Murty Rabbitts for the matches. As always it'll be great craic!
Ireland Squad Listed Below
Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 41 caps
Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 14 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 7 caps
Jack Crowley (Munster/Cork Constitution) 2 caps
Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 98 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 23 caps
Mack Hansen (Connacht) 8 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 25 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Marys College) 30 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 15 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 9 caps
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 100 caps
Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster/Naas) 3 caps
Jamie Osborne (Leinster/Naas) *
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 47 caps
Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College)(captain) 109 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 35 caps
Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 8 caps
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 27 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 36 caps
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 33 caps
Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 23 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 63 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 121 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 68 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 31 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 18 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 48 caps
Joe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin University) 1 cap
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 89 caps
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 4 caps
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps
Cian Prendergast (Connacht/Corinthians) 1 cap
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps
Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 13 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 45 cap
*denotes uncapped player
Sharks Starting 15
1. Ntuthuko Mchunu
2. Fez Bbatha
3. Carlu Sadie
4. Thembelani Bholi
5. Reniel Hugo ©
6. James Venter
7. Henco Venter
8. Mpilo Gumede
9. Cameron Wright
10. Nevaldo Fleurs
11. Marnus Potgieter
12. Rohan Janse Van Rensburg
13. Murray Koster
14. Yaw Penxe
15. Anthony Volmink
16. Kerron Van Vuuren 17.Dian Bleuler 18. Kuntha Mchunu 19. Ockie Barnard
20. Corne Rahl 21. Grant Williams 22. Lionel Cronje 23. Ethan Hooker
Connacht Starting 15
1. Denis Buckley
2. Shane Delahunt
3. Finley Bealham
4. Oisin Dowling
5. Darragh Murray
6. Josh Murphy
7. Conor Oliver
8. Shanus Hurley-Langton
9. Kieran Marmion
10. Jack Carty
11. Mack Hansen
12. Cathal Forde
13. Tom Farrell
14. John Porch
15. Tiernan O'Halloran
16. Dylan Tierney-Martin 17. Jordan Duggan 18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy 19. Leva Fifita
20. Cian Prendergast 21. Caolin Blade 22. Conor Fitzgerald 23. Byron Ralston
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Very few people in the Clan Bar after the match to hear a very good interview with Cathal Forde following his Player of the Match Award. He had a great game. In regard to the Clan Bar, is that run by Connacht Rugby or some independent team? It's currently a very bad experience IMO. Pricing has gone crazy, the little room on the left was full of equipment, tent/gazebos, a few gas barrels and multiple other stuff lying around. No Guinness in the bar. €5.50 for an Oily Edge (......Hot whiskey delivered in a paper coffee cup. Who is in charge of this bar and how would a season ticket holder and Clan member give some feedback? Thanks all. Looking forward to Brive and Newcastle away.
I hear you. A lot of people seem to be heading straight to the Marquee after the match. We have struggled to get crowds into the interviews this season in the Clan Bar.
You could mention this to Connacht Rugby, they are not in charge of the bars, it's run by someone else, but I am not sure who it is though.
They run the Clan Bar and the outside bars on the Main Stand.
Unfortunately, the beers they have generally are Heineken products - the price increase was passed in December of €0.50 per pint of Heineken product.
If we have any upcoming meetings with the sales team, I'll be sure to mention it, as you are not the first one to notice this
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goconn wrote: Very few people in the Clan Bar after the match to hear a very good interview with Cathal Forde following his Player of the Match Award. He had a great game. In regard to the Clan Bar, is that run by Connacht Rugby or some independent team? It's currently a very bad experience IMO. Pricing has gone crazy, the little room on the left was full of equipment, tent/gazebos, a few gas barrels and multiple other stuff lying around. No Guinness in the bar. €5.50 for an Oily Edge (......Hot whiskey delivered in a paper coffee cup. Who is in charge of this bar and how would a season ticket holder and Clan member give some feedback? Thanks all. Looking forward to Brive and Newcastle away.
Interesting topic to raise. I tend to go to the marquee when I am hanging around after the game. It's lovely and warm in there for a start and they have done a really good job on decorating it in recent years. There is no comparison between the Clan bar and the marquee really.
The Clan bar is well run in some ways. I love the way the staff shout at people to keep moving. It makes the speed of service really good. There are so many stadiums where you have to wait ages for a pint. I see where you're coming from with regard to the area on the left. It could do with being tidied up. In all honesty I see it as a good place to get a pint rather than hang around in. It being too cold is the main problem for me.
It's run by a Galway man who seems like a nice fella to me. He owns Massimo as well. I'm not sure what the arrangement is with Connacht but Connacht do get some of the money from it, I'm pretty sure.
As Shane said the selection being limited is a sponsorship thing. The prices have gone up but they have gone up everywhere. I was charged 7euro for a Moretti in Murtys recently. Guinness is 5euro there so it's not an expensive pub, it's just the way it's gone everywhere and stadiums are always a bit more expensive.
Personally, if you are making suggestions to Connacht about the Clan bar please mention the heat issue!