All you need to know: Connacht v Lions

18 March 2024

All you need to know: Connacht v Lions

This Saturday South African side Lions come to Galway for Round 12 of the BKT United Rugby Championship.

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

When’s the game?

Kick-off is 5.15pm at Dexcom Stadium on Saturday 23rd March.

What’s the state of play?

After a bonus point win over Scarlets the last day out at Dexcom Stadium, Pete Wilkins side sit 7th in the URC table. Connacht are one point behind 4th place Edinburgh, but they are only four points ahead of the Lions in 11th which shows how tight it is in the race for the play-offs. Conancht have won their last three games in the URC.

The Lions are a side still chasing a top eight finish to the season and that was helped with a thirty point win at home to South African rivals Sharks (40-10).

Recent meetings against Scarlets in the URC:

2022/23 - CON 43-24 LIO

2021/22 - SCA 30-33 CON

How will the two teams line up?

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

Connacht top try scorers 2023/24:

7 - Caolin Blade

5 - Diarmuid Kilgallen

3 - Cian Prendergast and Shamus Hurley-Langton

2 - Bundee Aki, Cathal Forde, Jack Aungier, Joe Joyce, Sean Jansen, Shayne Bolton and Tadgh McElroy

1 - Andrew Smith, David Hawkshaw, Dylan Tierney-Martin, Eoin de Buitlear, JJ Hanrahan, Peter Dooley, Sean O'Brien, Tiernan O'Halloran and Tom Farrell


Ref - Craig Evans (WRU)

AR - Oisin Quinn (IRFU)

AR - Robbie Jenskinson (IRFU)

TMO - Greg Morgan (WRU)

How do I get tickets?

Tickets available HERE

What channel is it on?

TV viewing on RTÉ, SuperSport, Viaplay, Premier Sports, Flo Rugby &

Match Programme:

Coming to the game on Saturday? Our match programme will be available to view online at Head here where the programme will be available to read on Friday evening ahead of the game.


Pete Wilkins

Joe Joyce