Are you ready for an exciting opportunity? We are giving YOU the chance to nominate a young rugby fan you know to be the team MASCOT for Connacht v Emirates Lions on January 28th!

Can you imagine the look of pure joy and excitement on their face as they walk out onto the field with the team?

Here’s the deal: The child must be between the ages of 7 and 12 and the person making the nomination must already hold a ticket for the game, either a season ticket or a match ticket. This is an AMAZING opportunity for a young fan to get up close to the action and show their support for the team.

If you would like to nominate a child, please click on the link below to apply. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to make a child’s dream come true!

Applications close on Sunday, January 22nd at 5p.m.. The lucky winner will be contacted the following morning.

We can’t wait to see who you nominate.

Tickets are now available for Connacht’s home fixture against Munster in the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship.

The game will be held on Saturday January 21st at The Sportsground, kicking off at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased below.

 

Newcastle Falcons make their way to The Sportsground for the first time since 2015 and it kicks off an action-packed European campaign. So we are giving you and a friend the chance to see it all live in action with a brilliant ticket giveaway. On top of this, we’re also going to kit you out in our beautiful 2022/23 European kit! Entries will be closed on Thursday 8th December at 5pm.

The winner will be contacted via email on Friday morning.

Corrib RFC are an ambitious and rapidly growing club on the border of Galway and Mayo 20 minutes from Galway City, we are currently seeking expressions of interest for the position of Coach 1st & 2nd Teams.

Candidates Require;

  • Relevant IRFU Coaching Training and experience in coaching at similar levels.
  • The ability to deliver a structured, targeted training plan to develop the senior team and achieve the goal of promotion to J1A next season. The drive to develop an understanding of the culture within the club and building a sense of respect and buy in from the entire squad, supported by excellent communication skills and abilities in people management.
  • A keen eye on player development, recruitment and retainment. Confidence in communicating with members of the Management Team and Executive Committee to ensure that a proactive approach is taken in this task.
  • Communicate with the coaching team of the u18.5s to assist in building the connection between the squads and providing a pathway for development through the system.
  • Possess a good knowledge of the Junior Rugby Community in Connacht and be able to network with all relevant parties in the interest of Corrib RFC.

Key qualities;

  • Strong Technical and Tactical understanding of rugby.
  • Good Communication and Player Management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Key Requirements;

  • Stage 3 IRFU Coaching Award.
  • Previous coaching experience.

Please click on this link to submit your expression of interest;

https://forms.gle/swrPHQQyGkQjnZTq7

If you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact our secretary Laura Lee: [email protected]

The deadline for applications is Wednesday the 20th of April.

The Guinness Six Nations are in full swing, with Irelands next game at home in the Aviva Stadium this Sunday 27th February at 3pm.

It would be a shame to miss this battle against Italy! So we are giving you and 2 friends the chance to see it all live in action with a ticket giveaway!

Entries will be closed on Thursday 24th February at 11am.

The winner will be contacted via email Thursday afternoon.

 

Enter here for your chance to win!

What’s happening?

After many months of planning, Connacht Rugby can now share details of our ticketing plan for our first two home games of the 2021/22 season, while also providing a long-term outlook for the remainder of the campaign.

How did this plan come about?

Deciding how tickets will be distributed has been an extremely complex process. It required many projections which were dependant on a range of factors; primarily our allowed capacity. Every scenario from 0% to 100% capacity was accounted for while we waited for guidance from the Government.

Another key objective for us was catering for our 1885 Club members who fall into different ‘categories’, such as:

  • Members who purchased a 2020/21 Season Ticket and;
    • then opted to defer it by 12 months.
    • opted to accept a Credit Note when offered to them.
    • generously donated a portion of their Season Ticket to the club in the Summer of 2020.
  • Members who had not yet purchased a 2020/21 Season Ticket before sales were cancelled.
  • Members with an indoor Season Ticket (i.e. the Enclosure).

 

So, how many supporters will be allowed attend games?

The Sportsground will operate at a capacity of 50% for the following fixtures:

Connacht v Vodacom Bulls: Friday 1st October @ 19:35 (United Rugby Championship)
Connacht v Dragons: Saturday 9th October @ 17:15 (United Rugby Championship)

These plans are dependant on there being no change or reversal to the most recently issued Government guidelines relating to outdoor sporting events.

 

I bought a 2020/21 Season Ticket and opted to defer it by 12 months. Will my ticket be honoured for these games?

Yes! You are guaranteed access to every home regular season game in the URC, as well as our Pool games in the Heineken Champions Cup.

All Season Ticket holders will be issued a Season eTicket via email before our first home URC game.

It’ll be good to have you back!

 

Will my Season Ticket be in the same location I purchased it in?

Those who purchased a Season Ticket in the Clan Stand, Main Stand or Grant Thornton Stand will still be located in that same area of the ground.

Due to restrictions on the use of indoor areas, those with Season Tickets in the Enclosure will be temporarily relocated to the Main Stand for these first two games.

 

I opted to become an 1885 Club member in lieu of credit in the 2019/20 Season but do not yet have a Season Ticket. What are my options?

A limited number of match tickets for the Bohermore and College Road ends of The Sportsground will be available exclusively to the 1885 Club members who do not have a Season Ticket, until our return to 100% capacity.

These tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with links emailed to members in the lead-up to each game.

 

How can I purchase my tickets?

If you are an 1885 Club member without a Season Ticket, you will be emailed directly when URC match tickets become available.

There is limited availability, so you’ll need to act fast.

 

I am not an 1885 Club member. Will any tickets go on General Sale for the first two URC games?

Our first priority will be to cater for the 1885 Club. Only when all members have been accommodated for, would any tickets go on general sale, but these would be extremely limited.

Keep an eye on connachtrugby.ie and the Connacht Rugby social channels for updates ahead of each game.

 

Why is The Sportsground operating at 50% capacity?

2021/22 Season Ticket holders (i.e. those who purchased 20/21 season tickets and then deferred them until 21/22) are not bound by any vaccination terms or conditions and their tickets must be honoured.

Based on the levels of general public vaccination uptake we do believe that the vast majority of adult fans will in fact be vaccinated.

As an organisation we strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccine if they haven’t yet done so, which will help the smooth transition into the ending of restrictions next month.

 

Will further Season Tickets go on sale?

Yes. When we are closer to a return to full capacity we anticipate reopening Season Ticket sales, with 1885 Club members getting first access. These tickets will be sold at a discounted rate to make up for the home fixtures already held.

 

I still have some questions. Who can I contact?

We’d first ask you to email [email protected] with your name and order number and we’ll be back to you as quick as possible.

Live Stream of Connacht Eagles vs Munster ‘A’ from The Sportsground.
Saturday 6th March – K/O 12pm

Connacht Eagles 19-22 Munster A

The Connacht Eagles were narrowly defeated by their Munster counterparts in a keenly contested interprovincial clash at the Sportsground today.

Tries from Conor Oliver, Diarmuid Kilgannen and Jack Aungier saw the hosts establish a lead with a quarter of the game remaining, but a late Diarmuid Barron try saw the visitors claim the win in the first professional game to take place outside of Dublin in six months.

There was no signs of rust from either side — despite the lack of game time — in the early proceedings and it was Connacht who struck first blood in the glorious Galway sunshine.

Captain Oliver, against his former club, was the beneficiary of a move started by Jonny Murphy. The hooker made big head way into Munster territory with a hard carry and, after a few phases, Kilgannen spun the ball to the openside to dive over.

The conversion was wide, but the hosts were worthy of their lead.

Munster weren’t long in responding, however, and fly-half Ben Healy ran in for a brilliant solo try which he converted himself to give the visitors a 7-5 lead.

With the winds in their sails, the Southerners extended their lead further when Barron — the former Irish U20’s hooker — picked from the base of a powerful rolling maul to touch down. Healy converted with aplomb to stretch Munster’s lead even further to 14-5.

The first half was proving to be a try laden affair and it was Connacht’s turn to next cross the white wash. Quick thinking from scrum-half Stephen Kerins’ saw the Sligoman run a penalty and establish the Eagles field position deep in Munster territory.

After phases of pressure, the ball was recycled wide to lock Niall Murray and the Roscommon native’s pass found Kilgannen and the winger touched down tight to the left hand touchline. Despite the narrow angle, Conor Dean slotted a brilliant conversion.

Munster would add the final score of a fiercely competitive half with Healy’s penalty taking the half time score to 17-12 to the visitors.

There was no let up in intensity in the second half, even with a raft of changes from both teams.

Aungier, who replaced Conor Kenny at tight-head, made an instant impact when he picked the ball off the back of a surging rolling maul and dove over from close range. Dean once again made no mistake with the conversion and the Eagles established a deserved 19-17 lead.

Munster continued to probe in search of a win and they eventually broke Connacht’s resolve — which had stoutly denied the visitors — with Barron completing his brace with a powerful burst from close range seeing him burrow over the line.

The conversion drifted wide, but Munster held on to seal the victory.

The Eagles will be disappointed to lose but there are ample positives for the players and the coaching staff to take into the season.

Connacht Eagles team:
(15-9)
John Porch; Colm de Buitlear, Sam Arnold, Tom Daly Diarmuid Kilgannen; Conor Dean, Stephen Kerins.

(8-1) Sean Masterson, Conor Oliver(C), Oisin McCormack; Niall Murray, Cian Prendergast; Conor Kenny, Jonny Murphy, Jordan Duggan

Replacements:
16. Dylan Tierney-Martin
17. Matthew Burke
18. Jack Aungier
19. Darragh Murray
20. Joshua Dunne
21. Colm Reilly
22. Cathal Forde
23. Shane Jennings
24. Oran McNulty
25. Peter Sullivan

 

Live Stream of Connacht Eagles vs Munster ‘A’ from The Sportsground.
Saturday 19th September – K/O 2pm

First Half

 

Second Half

The Connacht management have named their team for tomorrow’s ‘behind closed doors’ clash against Munster A at The Sportsground (k/o 2pm). 

The side, captained by flanker Conor Oliver, features a nice blend of talent from the Connacht Academy with members of the Pro team.

 

CONNACHT EAGLES V MUNSTER A (SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2020 @ THE SPORTSGROUND, K/O 2PM).
15. John Porch
14. Colm de Buitléar
13. Sam Arnold
12. Tom Daly
11. Diarmuid Kilgannen
10. Conor Dean
9. Stephen Kerins

1. Jordan Duggan
2. Jonny Murphy
3. Conor Kenny
4. Cian Prendergast
5. Niall Murray
6. Oisin McCormack
7. Conor Oliver (C)
8. Sean Masterson

Replacements
16. Dylan Tierney-Martin
17. Matthew Burke
18. Jack Aungier
19. Darragh Murray
20. Joshua Dunne
21. Colm Reilly
22. Cathal Forde
23. Shane Jennings
24. Oran McNulty
25. Peter Sullivan

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