Introducing The Test in the West. Four challengers, each with an impressive history of their own. Each coming to The Sportsground to do one thing; win. However, this Connacht Rugby team have built The Sportsground into a fortress. In 2023 Connacht Rugby have not lost there. Our fans, our staff, and our team will all be out to make sure that record stays intact.

Our fortress in the West is the place where champions are forged, and each of these showdowns promises to be a fierce examination of skill, strength, and determination. So, will you be there to see four teams take the test? 

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It sounds simple. Come to The Sportsground and win. However, no team has done it in 2023. And our team in green is going to make sure that doesn't change.

Join us as we transform The Sportsground, the heart of Connacht Rugby, into a cauldron of electrifying intensity. Over December and January we'll put four opposing teams to the Test. With The Test in the West ticket bundle, you'll witness every bone-crushing tackle, every dazzling try, and every heart-pounding moment as we face off against some of the toughest opponents in Europe.

It's more than just a couple of rugby matches; it's an unforgettable journey through the highs and lows of the game, all played out in a sea of green and white. Whether you're a die-hard rugby fanatic or new to the sport, 'The Test in the West' bundle is your golden ticket to the drama, the passion, and the indomitable spirit that defines Connacht Rugby. Don't miss out on these four epic clashes – secure your bundle now and be part of the legacy at The Sportsground!

The Games

Connacht vs. Leinster, December 2nd

The Test in the West kicks off with a huge Interpro against Leinster. A game that will no-doubt feature a lot of returning Irish internationals on both sides, Leinster came to The Sportsground last October and scaped a victory. They will be returning to The Sportsground that has seen Connacht going undefeated there so far in 2023. 

Connacht vs. Bordeaux, December 8th

Next up to face the Test is Bordeaux Begles on December 8th. Anticipate a fierce battle, with both sides looking to start their Investec Champions Cup campaign with a win. Bordeaux will want to step onto our turf, The Sportsground, and come away with a win, just like Connacht famously did in 1997, becoming the first Irish team to beat both French and English opposition away from home in a professional European competition.

Connacht vs. Munster, January 1st

An historic rivalary. A New Year's clash for the ages. Munster, current BKT URC Champions, step up to face The Test in the West at 3pm on New Year's Day. Connacht beat Munster in the same fixture last year, and neither side will be coming for anything less than a comprehensive victory. 

Connacht vs. Bristol, January 19th

The exciting climax to The Test in the West sees a lot of familiar faces come to town. Pat Lam's Bristol Bears, including Connacht Rugby legend (we don't mind saying it!) Kieran Marmion, will be coming to The Sportsground. As great as it will be to see these guys once more, both sides will be itching to come out on top, in a match that will no doubt have a huge impact on both Investec Champions Cup campaigns.   

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This bundle offers you not only a fantastic opportunity to save big on tickets but also an invitation to become an integral part of our vibrant Connacht Rugby community. The atmosphere at The Sportsground is electric, and the camaraderie among fans is a testament to the deep love we all share for the sport. Each match is a chance to make lasting memories and to stand alongside fellow rugby enthusiasts, united in support of our beloved team.

So, don't let these four epic clashes slip through your fingers. Secure your bundle today and be part of a legacy in the making at The Sportsground. Join us in raising the roof, chanting with fervor, and celebrating every moment as Connacht Rugby showcases its indomitable spirit and relentless pursuit of victory.

Your Test in the West Itinerary

Plan out your four perfect matchdays to make the most of The Test in the West!


Gates open, so get down early, sample our amazing food and drink and have a great start to a great evening!


The Pump Up Playlist begins! 60 minutes before each game a playlist curated by one of our players goes live -- packed with songs they use to get in the mood ahead of a big match.


We interrupt proceedings for a very special light show,


Team Announcements: A reminder of both team lineups! Cheer on the boys in green!


And we're off! Get ready to shout as the teams come onto the field in Connacht Rugby style!

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