All you need to know: Connacht v Bristol

16 January 2024

All you need to know: Connacht v Bristol

Its the final round of Pool games this weekend in the Investec Champions Cup where Connacht welcome Bristol Bears to The Sportsground.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s game.

When’s the game?

Kick-off is 8pm on Friday 19th January.

What’s the state of play going into the final round?

Connacht need to beat the Bears with a bonus point while ideally denying Bristol one of their own to play in the Challenge Cup. If Connacht secure five points and Bristol earn a bonus point of any variety, then the western province will need to outscore the Bears by 20 points.

To reach the Champions Cup knockout stages, Connacht need to win, score four tries and stop Bristol from getting anything out of the game, but they will also need Saracens to lose without a bonus point at home to Lyon in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Previous meeting against Bristol?

2020/21 - CON 18-27 BRI - Champions Cup

How will the two teams line up?

The Connacht management team will announce their squad on Thursday at midday when it will be named on and the Connacht Rugby social channels.


Ref - Pierre Brousett (Fra)

AR - Kevin Bralley (Fra)

AR - Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy (Fra)

TMO - Denis Grenouillet (Fra)

Connacht top try scorers 2023/24:

5 - Diarmuid Kilgallen and Caolin Blade

3 - Cian Prendergast and Shamus Hurley-Langton

2 - Bundee Aki, Cathal Forde, Joe Joyce and Tadgh McElroy

1 - David Hawkshaw, Dylan Tierney-Martin, Jack Aungier, JJ Hanrahan, Sean Jansen, Sean O'Brien, Shayne Bolton, Tiernan O'Halloran and Tom Farrell

How do I get tickets?

Tickets available here

What channel is it on?

TV viewing on TNT Sport.