This Sunday we have four Cup finals to look forward to with the Bank of Ireland Connacht U13, U15, U16 replay and U17 Boys Cup finals all held at The Sportsground.

Kick-off is at 11am for the U16 replay, 12:30pm for the U13 final, 2pm for the U15 final and 4pm for the U17 final and you can get the teams for all eight squads below





Brian Rourke 1 Iustin Ababei
Callum McCormack 2 Cian Madden
Peter Daniels Sunny 3 Micheal Duignan
Myles Fallon 4 Darragh Dickson
Matthew Dolan 5 Cathal Keaveny
Patrick Finneran 6 Luke Carr
Harry Lowe 7 Eoin Healy
Jack McDonnell (joint-Captain) 8 Enda Colleran
Hugh Loftus 9 Charlie Garvey
Daragh Murray (joint-Captain) 10 Evan McDonagh (Captain)
Padraig O’Neill 11 Luke Dilleen
Conor Flynn 12 James Molloy
John Finnan 13 Aaron Hanrahan
Ronan Tynan 14 Harry Watterson
Donnchadh O’Dwyer 15 Colin Roche
Conor Doran 16 Dylan McGrath
Aidan Costello 17 Aidan Clarke
Paidi McKiernan 18 Julien Flynn
Eoin Carr 19 Jack Conroy
Cillian Donohoe 20 Donnacha Lawless
Michael Doolan 21 Padraic Kennedy
Aaron Delaney 22 Brion Kearney
Scott Lowe 23 James O’Connor

Buccaneers Extended Squad

Chris Sylla (24), Oisin Donoghue (25), John Morris (26), Ruairi O’Connor (27), Rian Wheatley (28)


David Flynn, Garret Tynan, Mick Loftus, John Murray, David Lowe

Corinthians Extended Squad

Ruairi Burke, Aidan Fahy, Rian Grealish, Ronan Kearney, Conor Niland


Brian Clarke, Cian Baynes, Dave Watterson, Donal Murphy, John Dilleen, John Roche, Johnny McDonagh, Paul Gill, Sean Duignan



Elliot Rooney Digan 1 Kamsi Mojekwu
Stephen O’Connor 2 Ryan Burrows
Isacc Jocher 3 Roghan O’Neill
Tyler Mason 4 Naoise Fitzgerald
Dylan Ryan 5 James Mackey
Kailin Blessing 6 Sean Keaney
Conor McCormack 7 William Draper (Captain)
Kyle Byrne (Captain) 8 Jake Laws
Diarmuid Lyons 9 Andrew Ryan
Brian Doyle 10 Cillian O’Neill
Daire Burke 11 Logan Markey
Kyle Mahon 12 Ricardo Gambi-Whelan
Eoin McCormack 13 Patrick Brady
Matthew Turner 14 James McGettrick
Andrew Henson 15 Conor Van Rensburg
Jack O’Reilly 16 Samuel Garvey
Andrew McCormack 17 Michael Cosgrove
David Del Rosario 18 Cuthbert (Bertie) Bamber
Tadgh Trainor 19 Oscar O’Connor
Anthony Quinn 20 Conor McGoldrick
Matthew O’Connor 21 Harry Dennison
Paul O’Sullivan 22 Tadhg Murphy
Sean Duffy 23 Mark Greer

Buccaneers Extended Squad

Nils Chapel, Calum Hudson, Daithi O’Leochain, Richard Heaslip, Pablo Vallarta and Cian Copeland


David Dunning, Paul Byrne, Wes Hudson, Pat McCormack, Peter Mahon

Sligo Extended Squad

Michael Gaffney, Robbie Gilleece, Adam Feeney, Jacob Norris, Ted Keyes, James Dylan Barnicle, Feidhlin McGowan, Jayden Kelly, Odhran Buckley, Callum Scott, Heath Jeffrey, Keelan Gilmartin, Finnan O’Mahony


Roger Burrows, Ken O’Neill, Aidan Mackey, Carl Van Rensburg, Gavin Laws

Ball Boys

Sean Gaffney, Harry Brady, Edward Laws



Nathan Downes 1 Donagh Kilcommins
Eoin Naughton (captain) 2 Euan Kavanagh
Louis Clayburn 3 Miciog O’Shea
James Heaslip 4 Charlie Curling
Rian Claffey 5 Liam Cahill (Captain)
Tom Bourke 6 Ruairc Joyce
Oteaga Awhinawhi 7 Mark Farragher
Callum Kelly 8 Charlie Keane
Charlie O’Carroll 9 Darragh Conneely
Conor Naughton 10 Daniel Browne
Conor Dowling 11 Conor Dooley
Thomas Cotton 12 Sean Walsh
Niall Derwin 13 Finnan Strain
Tom Sheehan 14 Christopher Joyce
Dylan Bruton 15 Cian Heavey
Evan McMickan 16 Josh Gibson
Sam Slevin 17 Emmet Walsh
Jacques Bourdon 18 Dylan McDonagh
Brandon Conroy 19 Robbie Dolan
Camin Dolan 20 Peadar Delaney
Sean O’Donoghue 21 Cillian McCullough
Patrick Begley 22 Mark James Curry
Emilio Prada 23 Ben Cooke

Buccaneers Extended Squad

Andrew Mitchell, Sam Radebe, Aaron McAteer, Sean Noone, Cian Duffy, Sean Walsh


Eugene Forde, Graham Heaslip, John O’Carroll, Ger O’Donoghue

Corinthians Extended Squad

Eoin Higgins, Jo Hickey, Lorcan Daly, Jamie Allen, James Fahy, Stefan Ababei, Hari Arkani, Joshua Craig, Samuel Cahill, Paidi Griffin, Jack Maher, Cormac Morrin


Muriel Dooley, Eoin De Butlair, Cathal Ford, Simon Kavanagh, James Allen and Niall Browne



Sean Doyle 1 Aran Platt
Sean Rohan 2 Keelan Schoen
Padraig Brazil 3 Oisin Quinn
Josh McCormack 4 Matthew Gallagher
Conor Sheehan 5 Tom Walsh
Gabriel Murphy 6 Malachi Cullen
Patrick Egan 7 Max Hunter
Niall Tallon (Captain) 8 Ambrose Bamber (Captain)
Fionn Lyons 9 Gareth McGinty
Andy Quinn 10 Oisin O’Neill
James Clarke 11 Ronan O’Hehir
Ewan Joyce-Whyte 12 Conor Creaven
Leon Cassidy 13 Stefan Roche
Jack Donnelly 14 Gerard Murtagh
Donnacha Connolly 15 Robert O’Kelly Lynch
Peadar Dolan 16 Alex Harte
Aindriu Oates 17 Senan Fallon
Abu Saka 18 Luke McNamee
Matthew Fallon 19 James Horan
Jorge Prieto 20 Ronan O’Conor
Jack Pollard 21 Jack Deegan
Danny Reid 22 Aran Gilligan
Jules Antoine 23 Diarmaid O’Connell

Buccaneers Extended Squad

Brian Mulvihill, Sonny Drummond, Oisin Byrne, Matthew Connor, Stephen Joyce, Hugh Hilliard, Jack Duffy, Sean McCarthy, Dillon Lally, Matas Jurginas, Michael Kenny, Andrew Warde, Lestin Gossy, Pepe Marquez, Ryan Gahan


Brian Tallon, Shay Ronan, Charlie Couper, Seamus Lyons, Alex Hayman

Sligo Extended Squad

Eamon Keane (24), James Crawford (25), Matthew Quinn (26) and Lochlann Jordan (27)


Joe Walsh, Stanley Hunter, Brian Roche and Sean Creaven

By John O’Sullivan 


The recently completed Connacht Rugby and Bank of Ireland For The Love of The Club virtual run/walk raised over €30,000 for Club and Community rugby in Connacht. 


Over 2,000 people put on their running shoes in aid of the Connacht club of their choice or —  for the unaffiliated —  club and community rugby in the province generally with all of the money raised going directly to the cause. 


The event wasn’t just confined to the four corners of the five western counties, and participants took part in 25 Irish counties and 11 different countries, which shows the breadth of the Connacht Rugby club & community footprint throughout the world.


We caught up with some of the international contingent who shared their stories, images of their walking/running route, and how the event helped them stay connected to their clubs and — by extension – their communities in the midst of a global pandemic. 


John Gorham represented Connemara RFC from Chicago. The Clifden native said that the For The Love of The Club event enabled him — and his fellow participants, including the 2016 Rose of Tralee — to stay in touch with his home club.


“My friends and I really enjoyed our run,” he said. 


“We started and finished at “the Kerryman pub” here in Chicago. We ran a 5k course that is used for the running club during the summer.  We kept the runners to a minimum due to restrictions.


 “When finishing we settled in for a “couple” of pints to watch Ireland beat England.


 “Among our runners was the 2016 Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney and a couple of guys from the Chicago Lions Rugby Club.


 “I love the fact that events like this help me stay in touch with my club back home. Connemara RFC has always had a place in my heart and with social media, online lotto, and now events like this I can stay in touch and contribute to the club.”


John Gorman, centre, and his fellow runners/walkers in Chicago.



Moving continents, Jonathan Cleary took part in the run/walk in aid of Ballyhaunis RFC in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Cleary was proud to represent the Mayo club, whom he described as a community focal point. 


“Ballyhaunis RFC have a long and treasured tradition in the community and are a focal point for many a generation,” he said. 


“It’s fantastic to see the progress the Club has made in terms of their underage programmes, facilities, and a wide network that reaches far beyond the town. I would like to wish them every success in the future and look forward to bigger, brighter, and better things once the lockdown has passed.”


Jonathan Cleary took part in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Elsewhere, Martin McDonagh ran in aid of Corinthians RFC in Melbourne, Australia.


“Connacht Rugby had been a huge part of my life from a very young age being involved with Corinthians and having had the opportunity to work and be involved in Connacht over the years so I found it important to show my support from Melbourne, Australia for a great cause,” he said.


Martin McDonagh’s running route through Melbourne



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