Carty gaining ground in Ireland’s weapons race at 10

Jack Carty knows that being voted on to the four-man shortlist for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year does not mean he will automatically receive a ticket to Japan later this year.

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Friend: We are trying to build depth of squad

Connacht coach Andy Friend is using today’s clash at Thomond Park to blood more players as they keep an eye on next weekend’s PRO14 quarter-final showdown with Ulster.

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Connacht scrum-half Blade out to cut Munster down

Connacht scrum-half Caolin Blade says having Champions Cup rugby wrapped up for next season is a huge boost but they are determined to have a right crack at finishing this campaign with silverware.

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'I immediately unliked it': Bundee Aki apologises for 'mistakenly' liking Israel Folau post

Connacht and Ireland player Bundee Aki has taken to Instagram to address "mistakenly" liking the controversial post by Israel Folau.

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McKeon wants Munster scalp on way to 2015 repeat

Connacht back-row Eoin McKeon believes history can repeat itself and that a win in Munster this weekend could be a crucial stepping stone to PRO14 glory.

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Virus means Quinn Roux a doubt for PRO14 quarter-final

Irish lock Quinn Roux is a doubt for Connacht’s PRO14 quarter-final with Ulster on Saturday week.

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Friend wants to bottle Connacht’s family vibe

A raucous Sportsground welcomed Connacht’s progression into the play-off stages of the PRO14 as their team turned in a bonus point performance in their most important game of the season so far.

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Defeat of Cardiff Blues gives Connacht a Champions Cup

Connacht are back in the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time in three years after man-of-the-match Jack Carty inspired their 29-22 Guinness PRO14 bonus point win over Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground.

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Bradley hails Connacht’s new statement of intent

Michael Bradley spent most of his seven years at the Sportsground not just wondering if he would be in a job at the end of the season, but rather whether the Connacht team he was coaching would still be in existence.

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Bundee Aki returns to Connacht team for crucial Pro14 clash with Cardiff

Connacht coach Andy Friend has made two changes for tomorrow's crucial Guinness Pro14 clash with Cardiff at the Sportsground.

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Connacht's Eoin Griffin and Conor McKeon to retire from rugby

Connacht's Eoin Griffin and Conor McKeon have announced their retirements from rugby at the end of this season.

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‘He had 14 stitches across his hand. It was like a shark bite’

Connacht’s play-off drive in the PRO14 has been handed a big boost with the return of out-half Jack Carty to training in time for this weekend’s clash with Zebre following an arm injury.

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Shark attack sinks Connacht

Connacht’s focus for the remainder of the season will be trying to claim a knockout spot in the PRO14 and a place in next season’s Champions Cup but they will be disappointed to bow out of the Challenge Cup without firing a decent shot.

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Aki and Adeolokun make Connacht returns for Challenge Cup clash

Bundee Aki has returned to the Connacht starting team for their European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks tomorrow night.

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Friend hails Carty's late score as Connacht sealed bonus point win over Benetton

Carty’s late score at the end of a move which he started in his own half, saw him become Connacht’s all-time top scorer as he moved ahead of Benetton-bound Ian Keatley in the rankings.

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Carty inspires Connacht to priceless win

Jack Carty returned to the Sportsground after his Irish debut in the Six Nations to guide them to a priceless victory in their quest for a knockout place and Champions Cup rugby next season.

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Jack Carty becomes Connacht's all-time record pointscorer in defeat of Treviso

Jack Carty showed his class off the bench with a key 10-point contribution and a try assist as Connacht ended Benetton Rugby's eight-match Guinness PRO14 unbeaten run with a 29-14 victory at the Sportsground.

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Kieran Marmion stars as Connacht hammer Ospreys at the Sportsground

Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion scored two tries in a bonus-point 46-5 win over Ospreys at the Sportsground.

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Ireland internationals return to boost Connacht against Ospreys

An Ireland quartet have been released from international duty to feature for Connacht against Ospreys on Saturday.

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Eoin McKeon warns Connacht must park Glasgow woe

Connacht back row Eoin McKeon expects a frantic challenge from Ospreys when the side meet on Saturday at the Sportsground in a crunch Champions Cup qualifying game.

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Mixed news on the injury front for Connacht

Connacht will have to plan without Irish duo Bundee Aki and Jack Carty for Saturday’s Conference A clash in the Guinness PRO14 clash with Ospreys, but they have been boosted by the availability of Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane for the Sportsground clash.

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Marmion returns from injury to make 150th Connacht appearance

Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned from injury to take his place in the Connacht side to play Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun tomorrow night.

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Connacht overcome errors to stay on track

Coach Andy Friend was delighted to see Connacht claim victory over the Cheetahs, leaving destiny in their own hands as they chase a PRO14 play-off spot.

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Andy Friend: Fringe Connacht players missed their opportunity

Andy Friend believes his players let themselves down after they missed a golden opportunity to move into the PRO14 play-off places by slipping to a narrow defeat against the Cardiff Blues in Wales.

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Cardiff Blues edge out Connacht

Cardiff Blues picked up an important victory in their quest to qualify for next season's European Cup by defeating Connacht 8-7 at the Arms Park.

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Connacht suffer for success of Ireland six

It’s been a problem they hoped for years that they would have but now Connacht must deal with the loss of half a dozen players to the Irish squad in the Six Nations for the first time.

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Friend’s Connacht turn focus to Cardiff

Connacht coach Andy Friend says they must park their European Challenge Cup quarter-final qualification and the call-up of half-a-dozen of his squad for Six Nations duty and concentrate on a crunch PRO14 clash in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Friend relieved as Connacht book Challenge Cup quarter-final spot

Connacht coach Andy Friend said he always believed his men could secure the victory they needed in Bordeaux to advance to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup for the tenth time.

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Connacht's dramatic comeback seals Challenge Cup quarter-final spot

Jack Carty crowned a glorious week as he celebrating his call-up to the Irish squad by scoring the match-winning try three minutes from time to send Connacht into the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

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‘Rugby is floundering at club level, especially in the rural areas’

There was little to suggest that when Bob McGann, a hurler and sportsman of some renown, left Monivea to join An Garda Síochána many decades ago that he would set in train a sequence which would see his own son become an Irish international out-half and, in turn, lead to the foundation of a rugby club back in the little Galway village that he left behind.

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Bundee Aki ‘just a small cog’ in the Ireland wheel

Bundee Aki says he can see a lot of similarities between this season and Connacht’s glorious march to silverware in 2016 as he prepares for his second Six Nations campaign.

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Blade and Farrell ‘would do Ireland proud’ if selected, reckons Friend

Connacht coach Andy Friend said that his scrum-half Caolin Blade and centre Tom Farrell are fired-up and ready to answer Ireland’s call if Joe Schmidt includes them in his Six Nations squad today.

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Connacht’s proud home record on the line against Sale Sharks

It’s almost four years to the day since Connacht last lost a European pool game at home, and they need to maintain that impressive record against Sale Sharks this afternoon to claim top spot in Pool Three.

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Kieran Marmion on target to return next month

Connacht coach Andy Friend has confirmed that scrum-half Kieran Marmion is on course to return from injury and be available for selection next month.

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Ultan Dillane extends contract with Connacht

Ireland international Ultan Dillane has committed his future to Connacht and signed a two-year extension to his contract.

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Andy Friend: Connacht provides opportunity for young stars

Head coach Andy Friend says he has no fears about Connacht being turned into a development province after it emerged Cian Kelleher is returning to Leinster after three seasons at the Sportsground.

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Mean Munster held bragging rights over Connacht during worst winds

Veterans of the 15 previous clashes which Connacht have hosted against Munster will breathe a sigh of relief that the weather forecast for this evening in Galway is relatively good.

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2003 protest a key moment for Connacht to break new ground

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

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Bundee Aki a doubt for Munster visit

Connacht have only beaten Munster five times in the professional era, but it looks like they will be without Bundee Aki as they bid to make it four wins from five home matches against their neighbours.

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Carty leads pack chasing kicking king Sexton

Johnny Sexton may be Ireland’s best place kicker, but the statistics suggest Connacht out-half Jack Carty is leading the chasing pack when it comes to success from the tee.

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Connacht boss Friend seeks Christmas cheer in PRO14 bid

Connacht head coach Andy Friend says winning the PRO14 is still a massive aim in his first season in charge but the Christmas inter-provincial derbies will make-or-break that plan.

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Connacht's Thornbury ready to show Leinster what he’s learned

Connacht are hopeful lock Gavin Thornbury will shake off a knock in time to face his native Leinster in the massive inter-provincial derby tomorrow and he’s excited about facing his former side.

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Bundee Aki puts honeymoon on hold to aid Connacht cause

Connacht have been boosted by the return of Bundee Aki to training ahead of Saturday’s inter-pro clash with Leinster at the RDS.

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Connacht sign Leinster player on loan for rest of season

Connacht have announced the signing of Tom Daly on loan from Leinster until the end of the season.

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Dave Heffernan hopeful Connacht can continue winning form

It’s turning out to be a season of noticeable achievements for Connacht, and now stand-in skipper Dave Heffernan is hopeful they can continue their winning form when they head to Leinster on Saturday.

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Connacht looking good for knockout stages

Connacht have given themselves a good chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup for the 11th time after securing a bonus point win at Stade Aime Giral.

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Five star Connacht secure bonus point win in France

Connacht made it five wins on the bounce as they powered to a 36-21 win over Perpignan.

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Paddy Jackson’s Perpignan bid to scupper Connacht hopes

It’s three years since Connacht last won five games on the spin but they get a chance to equal that this evening when they take on a Peprignan side without a win in 14 games this season.

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Leaner and meaner Finlay Bealham determined to stay in Ireland picture

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham is hopeful an impressive series of performances over the festive period will see him included in the Ireland squad for the Six Nations.

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Paddy Jackson left out of Perpignan squad for trip to Connacht

Perpignan have decided to omit Irish fly-half Paddy Jackson from their squad travelling to Connacht for their clash on Saturday.

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Wedding bells won’t distract determined star Aki

Connacht’s hopes of getting their European Challenge Cup campaign back on track have been boosted by confirmation that Bundee Aki will be available to play when Perpignan visit the Sportsground on Saturday.

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Connacht make five changes for game in South Africa

Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has made five changes to his team to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein at 3pm Irish Time on Saturday.

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Blow for Connacht as Marmion out for three months after ankle surgery

Connacht must plan without both Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion for the next few games after their heroics with Ireland.

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Blow for Connacht as Marmion out for three months

Connacht have been dealt a major blow with scrum-half Kieran Marmion ruled out for the next three months due to an ankle injury.

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Connacht back on track with bonus-point win

James Cannon and Colby Fainga'a scored their first tries for Connacht to help set up the province's 33-12 bonus-point win over Dragons in the Guinness PRO14.

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Connacht foiled as Ospreys’ Dan Evans seals deal

A cold autumn night in Bridgend didn’t seem to agree with Connacht as the men from the West were made to pay for a poor start and first-half wastefulness in a last-gasp 22-17 defeat to the Ospreys.

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Will Addison and Michael Lowry sparkle in Ulster bonus-point win against Dragons

Will Addison and Michael Lowry lit up Ravenhill as Ulster chalked up their first bonus-point victory of the season in accounting for the Dragons at the Kingspan Stadium last night

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