John Muldoon : Leinster preview

30 November 2023

John Muldoon : Leinster preview

After two weeks in South Africa, Connacht come home where they get set for an interprovincial derby in the BKT United Rugby Championship against Leinster this Saturday at The Sportsground (k/o 7.35pm).

Coming up against Leinster is always a huge challenge for any team but Connacht's Lineout and Maul coach John Muldoon believes this is a game every player should be excited about.

"Over the years regardless of who has come here, with a home crowd and a bit of blood in the water you can always believe when you play at The Sportsground"

"If you were ever wanting a game to have after coming back from a defeat like we had last week in Pretoria along with the travel, there's nothing better to focus the mind than a derby"

"We know Leinster are a great team and have been for the last 15 or so years"

"This season is a bit of a change for them with Stuart Lancaster gone and Johnny Sexton retiring"

"Jacques Nienaber has come in and no doubt will be bringing a lot of positive changes"

"We watched their game against Munster and Munster created chances against them which showed us there are opportunites when you play against them"

"The key is to take those chance against them"

Mack Hansen is back and available for selection this weekend which will bring plenty of excitment around the squad and Connacht supporters.

"It's great to have him back because he's a great player and he brings a great buzz around the place"

"I don't know Mack that well personally, we haven't had a chance to spend a lot of time together with him being away with Ireland and the last two weeks me being in South Africa with the squad"

"'I can't wait to work with him and see him out on the pitch"