Connacht are on the road this week as they travel to France to take on CA Brive this Friday at the Stade Amedee-Domenech in Round 2 of the Challenge Cup, kick-off is 8pm Irish time.

Connacht Director of Rugby Andy Friend was speaking ahead of the game where he discussed last Saturday’s win over Newcastle Falcons at The Sportsground.

‘It was a game where I thought our tenacity and physicality shone through which was pleasing”

“They were a tough side and you know when you are playing an English side that they are going to be big and physical and Newcastle brought were”

“In the end we were happy with the overall all performance”

The attitude from the players this season have been pleasing for Andy and the coaching team but as a whole the squad are still aiming to play their best game.

“I think with each game that goes by there’s a strong belief in our identity which is that never say die attitude” said Friend.

“I know we still need to be better at finishing off some of those opportunities we get”

“We still haven’t played our best game yet but our forward pack continues to grow, defensively we’ve worked really hard so things are coming together and more consistency is showing”

Last Saturday saw some new faces get game time and ahead of this Friday there’s a chance of seeing more change.

“We have good competition for selection this week”

“It was great seeing the likes of Cathal Forde out at the weekend, Oisin McCormack got his first cap and did very well and no doubt you will see a few different names and faces this weekend too”

This Friday its the challenge of Brive in France. French sides at home are always a tough opposition to face but after their heavy defeat to Cardiff last weekend in Wales could Brive have their minds solely on domestic rugby now?

“It will be interesting to see what team they put out”

“We know on the road French sides tend to take it a bit easier with their selection but at home they are very proud of their record so we want to go over there and play against their best side to test ourselves”

The Connacht team for Friday will be announced this Thursday.

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