The Month of Champions is set for a fitting climax this weekend when we play host to reigning Guinness PRO14 champions Leinster in the first interpro of the 2018/19 season.

The game is our fourth home tie of the month – beginning with that narrow defeat against Glasgow but followed up with a bonus point win over Zebre and last Saturday’s impressive 33-20 victory over last year’s finalists Scarlets.

Here’s all you need to know about what’s bound to be another Sportsground thriller.

 

When’s the game?

Kick-off is this Saturday 29th September at 5.15pm at The Sportsground.

 

How have Leinster fared in the Guinness PRO14 so far?

With 16 points from a possible 20, Leinster sit on the summit of Conference B after three wins from four. They began their campaign with a last gasp 33-32 win in Cardiff before a narrow 2 point loss in Wales against Scarlets. Since then they’ve enjoyed back-to-back home bonus point wins against Dragons and Edinburgh respectively.

 

How’s our recent record against them?

The game comes just over 5 months since our last meeting – a memorable 47-10 victory at The Sportsground on the final day of the 2017/18 season. It came at the end of a difficult campaign for Connacht, but a brilliant performance ensured long-time servants John Muldoon and Andrew Browne were able to leave the province on a high.

 

 

Over the past five years it’s Connacht who’ve enjoyed the better record when the two sides clash in Galway. Connacht have come out on top on three occasions (14/15, 15/16 and 17/18) with Leinster coming away with the win in our 2013/14 and 2016/17 meetings.

 

Who are the Leinster players to look out for?

As reigning PRO14 and Champions Cup holder, Leinster’s squad is understandably littered with plenty of Irish internationals. The pack features the likes of Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Devin Toner and Josh van der Flier, while backs Johnny Sexton, Garry Ringrose and Jordan Larmour could also feature.

 

When will the Connacht team be announced?

The team will be announced at midday on Friday on the Connacht Rugby social media channels.

 

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are on sale now at connachtrugby.ie/tickets. Please note that due to increased demand we have installed additional terracing at the Bohermore and College Road Ends, and these are the only two areas of the ground where tickets are still publically available. The Main Stand, the Enclosure and Grant Thornton Stand are all SOLD OUT. If you wish to experience the game in the Clan Stand, a limited number of premium hospitality tickets remain on sale at a cost of €140.

We expect a huge amount of interest as the week progresses so the sooner you secure your ticket the better!

 

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