Connacht: 36

Ulster: 11

 

Connacht lit up the Aviva Stadium in their 36-11 interprovincial win against Ulster in the United Rugby Championship tonight. 

 

A brace of tries from Mack Hansen, as well as touchdowns from John Porch, Diarmuid Kilgallen and Niall Murray sealed the win for the designated home team. The boot of Jack Carty also tacked eight points onto the score — via a penalty and four conversions — as the Westerners produced a superb performance of equal parts intensity and accuracy.

 

Ulster started the game with intensity and their efforts yielded a penalty which Doak made no mistake with to give the designated visitors a 3-0 lead. 

 

The away team kept the tempo high in search of a try, but Connacht — with Conor Oliver and Tom Daly defensively resolute — repelled them backwards and their defence gave them a platform to grow into the contest after ten minutes of pressure from Ulster. 

 

The Westerners made their presence felt on the scoreboard thereafter with a beautifully crafted try. Carty’s pass found Daly and the centre — attracting the attention of Ulster defenders — created a gap for Paul Boyle and the number 8 in turn offloaded to Murray. Running a cutting angle and showing brilliant pace, the second row powered into the gap and over the try line. His fellow Roscommon man, Carty, slotted the conversion to give the hosts a 7-3 lead.

 

The onus was on Ulster to find a way back into the game but their attempts to run out of their own 22 were stunted when Hansen — with fantastic awareness — snaffled an interception and sped away from the cover defence to touch down and give Connacht their second try. Once again, Carty — whose game management and placekicking were both superb — kicked the extras and the Westerners were 14-3 to the good. 

 

Both teams swapped penalties — with Doak and Carty both successful off the tee — and yellow cards, with Alan O’Connor and Ultane Dillane taking their turn on the naughty step, and Connacht went into the interval leading 17-6.

 

The Westerners started the second half in a similar, attacking manner, but it took them twenty minutes — thanks to sturdy Ulster defence — to make their dominance count on the scoreboard. 

 

An excellently crafted set-piece move from a scrum saw Jarrad Butler feed Kieran Marmion and the scrum-half found Carty with a pass. The out-half then released Hansen on an angle and the winger burst into space before passing to replacement Conor Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald — showing selflessness and spatial awareness — then assisted Porch, who sped into the corner to touch down. The score saw Connacht move into a 22-6 win.

 

One second-half try soon became two when Kilgallen — who earlier replaced the impressive Tiernan O’Halloran at full-back — sensed an opportunity at an intercept and, backing his initiative, plucked an Ulster pass to run in Connacht’s bonus point try. Carty made no error in slotting the conversion and the Westerners found themselves 29-6 ahead. 

 

Ulster responded in kind when their replacement, Roberts, touched down at the tail of a rolling maul to bring the score to 29-11.

 

But Connacht weren’t done there and they added their fifth try when Hansen — once again sensing a gap in the defence — sped away from the defence to touch down. Carty slotted the extras with the clock in red and the game ended 36-11 in favour of the Westerners. 

 

Connacht team: 

 

15-9

 

15: Tiernan O’Halloran 

14: John Porch

13: Sammy Arnold

12: Tom Daly 

11: Mack Hansen 

10: Jack Carty 

9: Kieran Marmion 

 

8-1

 

8: Paul Boyle

7: Conor Oliver 

6: Eoghan Masterson 

5: Ultan Dillane 

4: Niall Murray 

3: Finlay Bealham 

2: Dave Heffernan 

1: Matthew Burke

 

Replacements: Duggan for Burke, Delahunt for Heffernan, Aungier for Burke, Dowling for Dillane, Butler for Boyle, Blade for Marmion, Fitzgerald for Daly, Kilgallen for O’Halloran

Kieran Marmion, Tom Daly and Eoghan Masterson have come into the Connacht starting XV for tomorrow’s hugely anticipated URC interpro with Ulster at the Aviva Stadium (k/o 5.15pm).
 
Their inclusions are the only changes from the side that put in an impressive performance against Munster last week, with out-half Jack Carty again captaining the side.
 
Daly partners Sammy Arnold in the centre, with Bundee Aki being monitored for a knee injury. He is expected to return to full training next week with the National Team. The back three is again made up of wingers Mack Hansen and John Porch, and full-back Tiernan O’Halloran.
 
The tight five is unchanged – with a front row of Matthew Burke, Dave Heffernan and Finlay Bealham, and locks Niall Murray and Ultan Dillane.
 
Eoghan Masterson is a direct replacement for injury absentee Cian Prendergast on the flank, with Conor Oliver and number 8 Paul Boyle alongside them.
 
The Connacht coaching team have gone back to a 4-3 split on the bench, with Conor Fitzgerald coming back into the matchday squad.
 
Head Coach Andy Friend says:
 
“We’ve been looking forward to tomorrow for a long time. The opportunity to return to the Aviva Stadium, but this time with thousands of Connacht supporters behind us, is something we’re all incredibly excited about. The importance of this fixture is not lost on us either. So far this season the performances have been good but the results haven’t matched up to that, so now we have to give absolutely everything to make sure we end this block of fixtures on a winning note.”
 
CONNACHT RUGBY MATCHDAY 23 VS ULSTER RUGBY
Saturday 23rd October, Aviva Stadium @ 17:15

Number/Name/Caps
15. Tiernan O’Halloran (194)
14. John Porch (43)
13. Sammy Arnold (20)
12. Tom Daly (52)
11. Mack Hansen (4)
10. Jack Carty (163) (C)
9. Kieran Marmion (190)
1. Matthew Burke (27)
2. Dave Heffernan (148)
3. Finlay Bealham (163)
4. Niall Murray (20)
5. Ultan Dillane (118)
6. Eoghan Masterson (112)
7. Conor Oliver (24)
8. Paul Boyle (61)

16. Shane Delahunt (104)
17. Jordan Duggan (16)
18. Jack Aungier (17)
19. Oisín Dowling (10)
20. Jarrad Butler (77)
21. Caolin Blade (134)
22. Conor Fitzgerald (38)
23. Diarmuid Kilgallen (2)

Irish international Kieran Marmion says that Connacht have drawn a line under last Saturday’s defeat to Munster and are keen to return to winning ways in this upcoming weekend’s interprovincial clash against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium. 

 

After a strong performance from the Westerners — which included tries from Jack Carty, who also kicked a conversion and two penalties and Paul Boyle — their southern neighbours eked out a win with a late try in a physical encounter that finished 20-18 in favour of the hosts at Thomond Park. 

 

While it was frustrating to lose, Marmion is confident the squad will take the lessons and positives from it and move their focus to their face-off against Ulster. 

 

“We parked it Monday,’’ the scrum-half said. 

 

“What happened happened. We felt we put in a much better performance than the week before. Obviously, we were a bit disappointed not getting a result, but I think we can take away how we showed up and how we ran them close. We obviously wanted to win, but we can take confidence going into this weekend.”

 

“I think it was a typical InterPro performance. We spoke among ourselves about how we can do that every week. Just the emotions of the occasion, I think it brings the best out of everyone, but we need to deliver every week if we want to be finishing at the top of the table.”

 

Conor Oliver, meanwhile, who excelled in the Munster game paid tribute to the impact made by new forwards coach Dewald Senekal. 

 

The South African coach — who acquired extensive experience both playing and coaching in France — joined Connacht in the summer and Oliver says the pack as a whole are already seeing the benefit. 

 

“Look, it’s brilliant for us”, the openside flanker said of Dewald’s influence. 

 

“We’re really enjoying having him here. It’s very technical with him. All the one-percenters that not a lot people will see, even things like the lift quality in the line out and stuff like that. 

 

“I would say the amount of work he does on his laptop when he’s outside of the Sportsground is nuts. He has all the sessions coded down, of even every game and every lift that someone has done, so the work he’s put in has really filtered down to us as a pack and we’re really buying into that and we’re really enjoying having him here so far.”

 

Elsewhere, head coach Andy Friend is confident that Connacht can secure a win against the in-form Ulster if they stick to their principles. 

 

The Northern province have won all of their opening four games — winning each with a try bonus point — and play a balanced game that incorporates strong running, an efficient maul, and an accurate kicking game. 

 

However, while acknowledging the Ulster strengths, Friend is keen for his team to impose their style of play on the designated visitors for Saturday’s Aviva Stadium clash of provinces. 

 

“First and foremost, they’re the number one team in the competition at the moment: four wins and four bonus-point victories in their four games, maximum points. They’re scoring lots of tries and not conceding too many,” the Australian said. 

 

“They’re a good football side, we know that. They appear to put a big focus on their maul, which will test us. As well as their running game and their kicking game, they like to move the ball up the field through those two methods. 

 

“Listen, we’re gonna have to be on our best performance to knock them off, but we’re comfortable with the game style that we have got and the way that our game is improving. If we can keep that intensity that we showed at Thomond Park last weekend, it will be a very interesting contest.”

 

Jack Carty produced an excellent performance for Connacht in the Munster game — tacking thirteen points onto the scoreboard via a try, two penalties and conversion — and Friend believes his consistency should secure him a berth in the upcoming Irish squad. 

 

There are other players in the Westerners’ playing staff who deserve international recognition, the former Australia sevens coach believes. 

 

Ireland name their squad for their November series tests against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina this evening. 

 

“I thought he was really brilliant, I really did. I think Jack has played some lovely rugby this year and I think he played some great rugby last year too. I would certainly have him there or thereabouts, but it’s not up to me to pick the team, so we’ll wait to see what Andy(Farrell) and his selectors do tomorrow.” 

Connacht Rugby are delighted to share details of additional transport options to the Aviva Stadium for our historic URC fixture with Ulster Rugby on the 23rd October (k/o 5.15pm).

Thanks to our partners CityLink, as well as a new agreement with Irish Rail, we are making it as easy as possible for our supporters to travel from the West to our ‘Day of Celebration’ at the home of Irish Rugby.

Here’s all you need to know:

Travelling by bus
Connacht Rugby have come together with our partners CityLink to offer supporters an easy and stress-free way of getting supporters directly to the Aviva Stadium, all at a discounted rate.

A number of buses will depart from The Sportsground on the morning of the game, and will bring fans directly to the Aviva Stadium. These return fares will be priced at a discounted rate of just €20 for those with tickets to the game.

If that’s not all, all supporters travelling with Citylink will be automatically entered into a draw to win a signed Connacht Rugby jersey! There’ll also be a number of surprises waiting for you when you board.

So head to www.citylink.ie now to book your sport.

Travelling by train
We are thrilled that Irish Rail have agreed to operate a late train on Saturday evening, giving supporters ample time to make their way back to Heuston Station and onwards back home.

This train will leave Heuston at 20:20 and will serve Athlone, Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Athenry and Oranmore, before arriving back in Galway at 22:38.

This is in addition to the usual Saturday services that will depart Galway at 06:25, 07:30, 09:30, 11:05 and 13:05, all of which will get you to Dublin in time for the game.

There are also services that will depart from Sligo at 06:40, 09:05, 11:05 and 13:05, as well as trains from Westport at 07:15, 09:45 and 13:10.

The last train from Connolly Station to Sligo as also been pushed back to the latest allowed time of 19:40.

To book your ticket head to www.irishrail.ie, and do so sooner rather than later to ensure your spot.

 

FIND YOUR MATCH TICKETS HERE

What’s happening? 

Our URC fixture with Ulster Rugby on Saturday 23rd October will now take place at the Aviva Stadium, with kick-off at 5.15pm. 

 

Why the change of venue? 

It’s not every day that a team is offered the opportunity to play at the home of Irish Rugby, and so when the opportunity was offered to us by the IRFU to use the Aviva Stadium, it was one we couldn’t pass up. It also allows us to thank our fans for their continued and committed support, and allows us to do that in far greater numbers than we can currently hold safely at The Sportsground. 

The game is also taking place just one day after most remaining COVID-19 restrictions are due to be lifted. As such, this game will be a ‘Celebration’ as we come together to mark the next steps in our journey, both on-the-field and in society.  

We should also acknowledge the thousands of people living in Dublin and the east coast generally, who are originally from the West of Ireland, who will now have the opportunity to reconnect with their Connacht roots closer to home. 

We engaged with the Connacht Clan who were very supportive of the idea and we thank them for that. 

Finally, this will be the first time Connacht Rugby will play at a redeveloped Lansdowne Road in front of supporters. This will be a one-off opportunity to see the squad play at the home of Irish Rugby and we’re very confident our supporters will come out in force for it. 

 

I’m a Season Ticket holder. What happens now? 

Your Season Ticket will be valid, and as a thank you from us to you, we are giving you a complimentary upgrade to some of the best seats in the house with Premium Level access. 

Tomorrow (Thursday 23rd) morning you will be emailed a link where you can choose where you’d like to sit in the ground, and also purchase additional tickets if you’d like to bring your friends and family with you. 

 

I don’t have a Season Ticket yet, but I’m a member of the 1885 Club. What’s available to me? 

On Friday morning you will be emailed priority access to purchase tickets, before they go on General Sale on Monday. 

Again, to acknowledge your support, you’ll receive an exclusive discount on Premium Level tickets, which will be priced the same as a standard Category 1 ticket in the Lower Level. 

 

Will tickets go on general sale? 

Yes, from Monday at 9am! Tickets will be available for Category 1 and 2 of the Lower Level, as well as the Premium Level. 

 

I have more queries. Who can I contact? 

If your query is in relation to Season Tickets or 1885 Club access, please email [email protected]. 

If your query is in relation to General Sale tickets, please email [email protected]. 

 

Connacht Rugby and the URC can confirm the Round 5 fixture between Connacht and Ulster will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 23rd October (k/o 5.15pm).

In what will be a day of celebration at the home of Irish Rugby, the fixture is due to be one of the first professional sporting events in Ireland following the planned relaxing of most remaining restrictions the previous day.

Andy Friend’s squad previously played two fixtures at the ground in August 2020, including a win over Ulster in their first game back since the suspension of the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14.

Connacht can also confirm the following ticket info:

– All Season Tickets will be valid, with holders provided a complimentary upgrade to Premium Level seats. Emails will be sent to all ST holders tomorrow where they can choose their location in the ground and purchase additional tickets.
– Remaining 1885 Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets from Friday for the weekend. As a thank you, these members can also purchase tickets in the Premium Level for the same price as a Category 1 ticket.
– Remaining tickets for the Lower Level and Premium Level will go on General Sale this Monday from 9am.

Willie Ruane, CEO of Connacht Rugby, says the day promises to be a memorable occasion:

“Connacht Rugby are really pleased to confirm our fixture against Ulster is to be held at the Aviva Stadium next month. This will be the first time that our supporters will have the opportunity to watch our Professional squad in the Aviva Stadium, and I’m confident that as usual they will turn out in force and make it a memorable occasion.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding capacities over recent months the opportunity provided to us by the IRFU to play at the Aviva Stadium is one that we felt we could not pass up. As we all know there are tens of thousands of people living in Dublin who are originally from the West of Ireland, and we hope to use this game to not only provide our supporters living in the west with the opportunity to make this a memorable day but also for our supporters living outside the province to come along and cheer on their home team.

We’d like to thank our official supporters club the Connacht Clan for their support of this fixture since we first engaged with them last month, the IRFU in helping us bring this game to the home of Irish Rugby, and to broadcasters TG4 for accommodating a change in kick-off time to allow this game take place.”

Head Coach Andy Friend says the whole squad can’t wait to return to the Aviva.

“Our fixture against Ulster at the Aviva last year was a really special occasion. At the time it was our first game in six months and for most of the players it was their first experience playing at the stadium. You could see straight away that the venue was ideal for the type of rugby we want to play, and that helped give us the win we deserved.

The prospect of returning there – but this time with thousands of Connacht supporters behind us – is something the staff and players have been fully behind since the start, and we can’t wait until that day arrives.

ENDS

Eoghan Masterson will become the latest Connacht centurion tomorrow after he was named in the starting XV to face Ulster at The Sportsground (k/o 7.35pm)
 
Masterson made his Connacht debut during the 2013/14 season after representing both the Ireland and Scotland U20s. In recent weeks he has deputised in the second row but will return to his favoured back-row position for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 clash.
 
He’s named at blindside flanker with Conor Oliver on the opposite flank and captain Jarrad Butler returning to the starting side in the number 8 position.
 
Butler’s inclusion is one of 6 changes to the side that lost out to Bristol last weekend, with Shane Delahunt, Quinn Roux, Caolin Blade, Tom Daly and Tiernan O’Halloran also coming into the starting XV.
 
Delahunt lines out in a front row with Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham, while Roux returns from a two-week absence to partner Ultan Dillane. Blade and Fitzgerald form a new half-back partnership with the in-form Daly comes in at inside centre alongside Sammy Arnold. John Porch moves to the wing with O’Halloran starting at full-back and Matt Healy on the opposite wing.
 
Commenting on his team selection, Head Coach Andy Friend says:
 
“Reaching 100 caps for any club is a huge achievement so I’d like to congratulate Eoghan Masterson on the milestone. Eoghan is a very professional athlete who leads from the front by the way he conducts himself both on and off the field. To hit 100 games despite his injury setbacks down the years only adds to the achievement.
 
Building squad depth has been a key objective for us, so we are fortunate to be able to make most of these changes not because of injuries but to keep the squad fresh and give players their deserved opportunities.”
 
Regarding the game itself, Friend added:
 
“No doubt Ulster will be disappointed with their European results, but their PRO14 form this season speaks for itself. Both sets of players and coaches know each other well at this stage so it’s all about sticking to our systems and taking our chances when they come.”
 
CONNACHT MATCHDAY 23 VS ULSTER RUGBY
Sunday 27th December, The Sportsground, k/o 7.35pm

Number/Name/Caps
15. Tiernan O’Halloran (186)
14. John Porch (26)
13. Sammy Arnold (9)
12. Tom Daly (33)
11. Matt Healy (141)
10. Jack Carty (146)
9. Caolin Blade (117)
1. Denis Buckley (187)
2. Shane Delahunt (85)
3. Finlay Bealham (146)
4. Ultan Dillane (103)
5. Quinn Roux (103)
6. Eoghan Masterson (99)
7. Conor Oliver (9)
8. Jarrad Butler (64) (C)

Replacements
16. Dave Heffernan (134)
17. Jordan Duggan (5)
18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (57)
19. Gavin Thornbury (45)
20. Sean Masterson (7)
21. Kieran Marmion (172)
22. Sean O’Brien (Acad) (1)
23. Colm de Buitléar (6)

PRO14 Rugby have confirmed the dates and kick-off times for Connacht’s Christmas interpros, as well as the rescheduled clash with Benetton.
 
Andy Friend’s side welcome Benetton to The Sportsground on Friday 4th December, the first of three home games during the month.
 
Then at Christmas, Ulster make the trip to The Sportsground on Sunday 27th December, before we head to the RDS to face Leinster on Saturday 2nd January. The festive fixtures are completed on Saturday 9th January when we host Munster.
 
All games kick-off at 7.35pm.

Irish International Bundee Aki will make his 100th appearance for Connacht on Sunday after he was named to start in the Guinness PRO14 clash with Ulster at the Aviva Stadium (k/o 4.30pm).
 
Aki joined Connacht in 2014 and has gone on to play a central role in the province’s fortunes since then. He was named Guinness PRO12 Player of the Season in 2015/16, the same year he helped the team to their first ever title.
 
His form was rewarded with a first call-up to the Ireland squad in the 2017 Autumn Internationals. He has been an ever-present member of the squad since then, making 26 appearances and starting every game in the Grand Slam victory of 2018.
 
Elsewhere at least two players will make their Connacht Rugby debuts on Sunday with Alex Wootton and Academy graduate Peter Sullivan both named on the wings. They form a back three with John Porch who slots in at full-back.
 
Tom Farrell will partner Aki in the centre with Irish international Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty forming a formidable half-back partnership.
 
In the forwards there’s a return to action for prop Finlay Bealham after sustaining a serious injury against Edinburgh in February, and he makes up an experienced front-row with Denis Buckley and hooker Dave Heffernan.
 
Ultan Dillane and Gavin Thornbury have been named in the second row, and the starting XV is completed by flankers Eoghan Masterson and captain Jarrad Butler, with Paul Boyle named at number 8.
 
Three more players could make their Connacht debuts off the bench, with props Jordan Duggan and Jack Aungier, and back row Conor Oliver all included.
 
The remainder of the replacements is made up of Jonny Murphy, Niall Murray, Stephen Kerins, Conor Dean and Tom Daly.
 
Connacht Rugby Head Coach Andy Friend says there’s huge excitement about returning to action:
 
“It has been almost 6 months since our last game and 2 months since we commenced pre-season training, so we are delighted our return has finally arrived. I have been really impressed with how the squad as a group have reacted to the uncertainty of the last few months, and it’s now our opportunity to show that hard work against an opposing team.”
 
Commenting on his team selection, Friend added:
 
“We have selected a squad of 23 that we believe can win this fixture. We have a neat blend of experience & youth, with the potential of five new debutants for Connacht, along with Bundee making his 100th appearance. It’s therefore a special occasion in many ways, and we intend to put out a performance that warrants that.”
 
CONNACHT RUGBY MATCHDAY 23 VS ULSTER RUGBY
16:30, Sunday 23rd August @ Aviva Stadium

15. John Porch
14. Peter Sullivan
13. Tom Farrell
12. Bundee Aki
11. Alex Wootton
10. Jack Carty
9. Kieran Marmion
1. Denis Buckley
2. Dave Heffernan
3. Finlay Bealham
4. Ultan Dillane
5. Gavin Thornbury
6. Eoghan Masterson
7. Jarrad Butler (c)
8. Paul Boyle

16. Jonny Murphy
17. Jordan Duggan
18. Jack Aungier
19. Niall Murray
20. Conor Oliver
21. Stephen Kerins
22. Conor Dean
23. Tom Daly

Fixtures and kick-off times for the return of the Guinness PRO14 from August 21 can now be confirmed after consultation with clubs and broadcasters.
 
An abbreviated schedule will see the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 regular season run to 15 rounds followed by Semi-finals and a Final across four consecutive weeks.
 
Round 14 will kick-off in Italy on Friday, August 21 with Benetton Rugby welcoming Zebre to Treviso live on DAZN and Premier Sports before a jam-packed Saturday schedule delivers a feast of mouth-watering derby action in the UK and Ireland.
 
In Wales, Scarlets face Cardiff Blues in Llanelli upon their return to rugby with head coach Glenn Delaney taking charge of the hosts for the very first time. That game will be followed by Edinburgh’s clash with Glasgow Warriors in the Scottish capital and the final game on Saturday sees Munster visit Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Leinster are looking to extend their record unbeaten run of 14 games in the Guinness PRO14.
 
The opening weekend rounds off on Sunday with Ospreys taking on Dragons in Swansea and Connacht facing Ulster in Dublin (live on TG4). All games are live on Premier Sports, eir Sport and DAZN. Round 15 will again feature derbies across the UK, Ireland and Italy across Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30.
 
David Jordan, Tournament Director of the Guinness PRO14, said: “So far we have been encouraged by the developments that have allowed all of our teams to return to training. Thanks to the great efforts of our clubs and unions, the willingness of governments and the support of our broadcasters we now have a fixture list to look forward to.
 
“Everyone who makes our games possible has had to adapt to a new way of working under the restrictions of the pandemic and the response of all our key stakeholders has been very impressive. With these fixtures now confirmed we are all geared to safe delivery of these games and to the welcome return of rugby after such a long period without the sport.”

 
Guinness PRO14 Restart Fixtures – Round 14 & 15
 
All games live on Premier Sports, eir Sport & DAZN. Live game on TG4 indicated below
All kick-off times listed at UK/IRE unless stated
 
Round 14

Friday, August 21
Benetton Rugby v Zebre | Stadio Monigo, Treviso at 19:00 (20:00 ITA)

Saturday, August 22
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues | Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli at 15:00 UK
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors | BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh at 17:15
Leinster v Munster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 19:35

Sunday, August 23
Ospreys v Dragons | Liberty Stadium, Swansea at 14:15
Connacht v Ulster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 16:30 (live on TG4)
 
Round 15

Friday, August 28
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh | BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh at 19:35

Saturday, August 29
Dragons v Scarlets | Rodney Parade, Newport at 17:15
Ulster v Leinster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 19:35

Sunday, August 30
Munster v Connacht | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 15:00
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys | Rodney Parade, Newport at 17:00
Zebre v Benetton Rugby | Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma at 19:00 UK (20:00 ITA)
 
Guinness PRO14 Final Series
Semi-Finals: To be played on the weekend of September 4/5/6
Finals: To be played on Saturday, September 12

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