The Connacht squad trained in Galway yesterday afternoon as the province stepped up their preparations ahead of Saturday evening’s Heineken Cup Round 4 encounter against Stade Toulousain at the Sportsground (KO: 6pm).

There were a few sore bodies arising from Sunday’s 16 – 14 win in Toulouse but most players returned to the session on Tuesday.

A medical examination early in the week confirmed that veteran lock Michael Swift fractured his eye socket during last weekend’s game. Connacht’s highest capped players (252 caps) has unfortunately been ruled out of action for at least four weeks.

Returning to the fray this week is lock-come-flanker Aly Muldowney who missed out on last week’s Heineken Cup game due to injury.

Galway-born Tiernan O’Halloran has also been declared fit again to return to full training this week.

The Connacht Eagles’ team made it back-to-back B&I Cup wins on Saturday with a 17-8 victory over Bedford Blues at the Sportsground. There are no major injury concerns for Nigel Carolan’s men ahead of their return Round 4 fixture in Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon (KO: 2pm).

Tickets sales for Saturday’s Heineken Cup game have now passed the 7, 500 mark and only tickets for behind the posts remains. These are on sale from, the Connacht Rugby office and Centra and SuperValu stores province-wide.

Tickets start at €30 for adults and €10 for all Juniors.


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