With a quarter final spot still up for grabs in the European Challenge Cup, the Connacht squad were straight back to training in Galway today ahead of the away clash with La Rochelle on Saturday January 24th (kick off 6:30pm local time).

There were some injury concerns for the coaching staff following the bruising 24 – 33 defeat to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Centre Dave McSharry took a knock to the head shortly before half time and did not return to the field after failing to pass the pitch side concussion test. The 24-year-old centre will continue to observe the return-to-play protocols and will be monitored ahead of the team selection later in the week.

McSharry’s midfield partner Robbie Henshaw sustained a low-grade ankle sprain during the game. The Ireland international will not recover in time for this week’s game in France.

Meanwhile, outhalf Craig Ronaldson, who was forced to withdraw on Sunday just before kick off after straining his quad muscle in the warm up, is expected to be out of action for 2-3 weeks.

In better news, Tiernan O’Halloran and Jake Heenan have both returned to full training this week after recovering from long-term injuries. The duo are expected to be involved in the Connacht Eagles game with Germany at the Sportsground on Saturday (kick off 2:30pm).

Following his successful return to action for the Eagles last week, tighthead prop Nathan White is also fit and available to Pat Lam and the coaching staff this week.

Connacht Eagles v Germany
The Sportsground
Saturday 24th January
Kick off 2:30pm

La Rochelle v Connacht
Stade Marcel Deflandre
Saturday 24th January
Kick off 6:30pm (local time)
Referee: Neil Patterson




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