The Connacht Eagles management have named their team for tomorrow’s crucial final Celtic Cup league game against Leinster A at The Sportsground (k/o 1pm).
 
The Eagles go into the game knowing that a win coupled with an Ulster A loss at home to Munster A would see them qualify for the final against Leinster.
 
The front row is unchanged with hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin starting alongside props Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny. There’s one change in the second row where Cillian Gallagher comes in for Joe Maksymiw to partner Cormac Daly, while in the back row flanker Joshua Dunne is named in place of Lucas Culliton. He’ll be joined by Niall Murray and number 8 Mikey Wilson who complete the pack.
 
There’s a change at out-half where there’s a start for Conor Dean while Luke Carty moves to number 12 to partner captain Seán O’Brien. A back three of wingers Peter Sullivan and Diarmuid Kilgannen and full-back Conor Hayes completes the side.
 
The Eagles have won 5 of their 6 games so far in what’s been a very impressive campaign, so all Connacht fans are being encouraged to come along and support them for their final league game.
 
Tickets cost €10 for adults, €5 for juniors and all 2019/20 season ticket holders go free.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES V LEINSTER A (FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2019 @ THE SPORTSGROUND, K/O 1PM).
15. Conor Hayes
14. Diarmuid Kilgannen
13. Seán O’Brien (C)
12. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
10. Conor Dean
9. Stephen Kerins

1. Matthew Burke
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Conor Kenny
4. Conor Daly
5. Cillian Gallagher
6. Niall Murray
7. Joshua Dunne
8. Mikey Wilson

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Conor Maguire
18. Adam Coyle
19. Hubert Costello
20. Donnacha Byrne
21. Aran Hehir
22. Shane Jennings
23. Hugh Lane

There are four changes to the Connacht Eagles squad for their penultimate Celtic Cup game against Cardiff Blues A tomorrow at Cardiff Arms Park (k/o 2.30pm).
 
Props Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny come into the side, while there’s a start for Joe Maksymiw in the second row with Niall Murray moving to the flanks and Seán Masterson to number 8.
 
Lastly there’s a start for Diarmuid Kilgannen on the wing, where he’ll have Peter Sullivan opposite him and Conor Hayes at full-back.
 
The Eagles are on a brilliant run of four wins from five, and victory in their last two games could be enough for a place in the final depending on results elsewhere.
 
They currently sit in 3rd place on 18 points, with Leinster (25) and Ulster (21) leading the way.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES SQUAD V CARDIFF BLUES A (SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER @ 2.30PM, CARDIFF ARMS PARK)
1. Matthew Burke
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Conor Kenny
4. Cormac Daly
5. Joe Maksymiw
6. Niall Murray
7. Lucas Culliton
8. Seán Masterson
9. Stephen Kerins
10. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
12. Seán O’Brien
13. Shane Jennings
14. Diarmuid Kilgannen
15. Conor Hayes

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Conor Maguire
18. Adam Coyle
19. Hubert Costello
20. Joshua Dunne
21. Aran Hehir
22. Conor Dean
23. Hugh Lane

The Connacht Eagles squad has been named for tomorrow evening’s Celtic Cup Round 5 clash against Scarlets A at Corinthian Park (k/o 7pm).
 
The Eagles are going in search of their fourth win after previous victories over Dragons, Ospreys and Munster, and the management team have made four changes to their team as they look to continue their good form.
 
Two of two changes are in the front row where props Conor Maguire and Rory Burke are brought in, while there’s a start for flanker Lucas Culliton with Niall Murray moving back to the second row.
 
Centre Seán O’Brien captains the side where he’ll be partnered in midfield by Shane Jennings with Luke Carty moving from 12 to 10.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES V SCARLETS A (FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER @ 7PM)
1. Conor Maguire
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Rory Burke
4. Cormac Daly
5. Niall Murray
6. Seán Masterson
7. Lucas Culliton
8. Mikey Wilson
9. Stephen Kerins
10. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
12. Seán O’Brien (C)
13. Shane Jennings
14. Oran McNulty
15. Conor Hayes

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Adam Coyle
18. Ryan Lomas
19. Hubert Costello
20. Donnacha Byrne
21. Aran Hehir
22. Dylan Prendergast
23. Diarmuid Kilgannen

The Connacht Eagles ran in five tries to secure an impressive bonus point win over Munster ‘A’ at a sunny Sportsground in the Celtic Cup.
 
A try three minutes from time from replacement Diarmuid Kilgallen sealed the victory, meaning it’s now 3 wins from 4 in this year’s campaign for the Westerners.
 
The visitors started the better and led 20-14 at the break thanks to tries from Jonathan Wren and Ben Healy who also slotted over two penalties in the opening quarter. Munster’s lead was 13 points at one stage before Connacht’s Stephen Kerins scored his second try in the last play of the break, with the scrum-half also getting their opening try after 25 minutes.
 
The Eagles dominated the exchanges in the 3rd quarter with Sean Masterson and Niall Murray both touching down to bring them 28-20 ahead. Wren reduced the gap to just a single point before his second try before the Eagles sealed the win with 10 points in the last 10 minutes.
 
Both fly-halves impressed with Conor Dean and Ben Healy nailing all five of their placed kicks while the Connacht set-piece began to dominate as the match went on. Next weekend sees the Eagles host Scarlets A at Corinthians RFC while Munster face Cardiff Blues A.
 

There are five changes to the Connacht Eagles starting XV for tomorrow’s Celtic Cup clash with interprovincial neighbours Munster at The Sportsground (k/o 1pm).
 
Props Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny are drafted into the front row alongside hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, while there’s also a start for lock Cormac Daly with Niall Murray moving into the back row.
 
Stephen Kerins starts at scrum-half while Conor Hayes is named at full-back with Oran McNulty shifting out to the wing.
 
The squad will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Ulster – their first of the season after wins over Dragons and Ospreys to start the campaign.
 
Tickets for tomorrow’s game cost €10 for adults, €5 for U16s while Season Ticket members go free.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES v MUNSTER A (1pm Saturday 14th September @ The Sportsground)
1. Matthew Burke
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Conor Kenny
4. Cormac Daly
5. Joe Maksymiw (C)
6. Niall Murray
7. Seán Masterson
8. Mikey Wilson
9. Stephen Kerins
10. Conor Dean
11. Peter Sullivan
12. Luke Carty
13. Seán O’Brien
14. Oran McNulty
15. Conor Hayes

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Adam Coyle
18. Rory Burke
19. Hubert Costello
20. Lucas Culliton
21. Aran Hehir
22. Shane Jennings
23. Diarmuid Kilgannen

The Connacht Eagles management team have made five changes to their starting XV ahead of today’s interprovincial derby with Ulster A in the Celtic Cup.
 
There’s a settled look to the backs with the only change coming at full-back where there’s a start for Oran McNulty. The remaining 7 players all started last week’s impressive bonus point win away to Ospreys Development.
 
There are two new faces in the front row with props Conor Maguire and Ryan Lomas joining hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin. In the second row Joe Maksymiw is drafted into the side as captain and will partner Niall Murray. The final change sees Lucas Culliton come back into the squad after an impressive performance against Dragons A in the opening round. He plays alongside Seán Masterson and Mikey Wilson.
 
Kick-off in Ballymena is at 4pm today.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES v ULSTER A (4pm Friday 6th September @ Ballymena RFC)
15. Oran McNulty
14. Hugh Lane
13. Seán O’Brien
12. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
10. Conor Dean
9. Aran Hehir
1. Conor Maguire
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Ryan Lomas
4. Niall Murray
5. Joe Maksymiw (c)
6. Seán Masterson
7. Lucas Culliton
8. Mikey Wilson

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Adam Burke
18. Adam Coyle
19. Cormac Daly
20. Hubert Costello
21. Evan Kenny
22. Shane Jennings
23. Diarmuid Kilgannen

The Connacht Eagles team has been named for tomorrow’s Celtic Cup clash with Ospreys A in Bridgend, Wales.
 
Head Coach Mossy Lawler has made four changes from the side that beat Dragons A in an entertaining clash last weekend, with Cillian Gallagher captaining the side from the back row.
 
Three of those changes are in the pack where there’s a start for summer arrival Rory Burke and Ireland U20 Grand Slam winner Dylan Tierney-Martin in the front row, while Cormac Daly is named in the second row alongside Niall Murray.
 
The final change is at scrum-half where the jersey will be filled by Aran Hehir.
 
Kick-off at Morganstone Brewery Field is at 12pm tomorrow.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES v OSPREYS A (12pm Saturday 31st August @ Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend)
15. Conor Hayes
14. Hugh Lane
13. Seán O’Brien
12. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
10. Conor Dean
9. Aran Hehir
1. Matthew Burke
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin
3. Rory Burke
4. Niall Murray
5. Cormac Daly
6. Cillian Gallagher (C)
7. Seán Masterson
8. Mikey Wilson

Replacements
16. Declan Adamson
17. Conor Maguire
18. Ryan Lomas
19. Gavin Meagher
20. Hubert Costello
21. Stephen Kerins
22. Diarmuid Kilgallen
23. Oran McNulty

The Connacht Eagles got their 2019 Celtic Cup campaign off to the perfect start on Friday with an entertaining 24-19 win over Dragons A at The Sportsground.
 
Second half tries from Lucas Culliton and Mikey Wilson gave Mossy Lawler’s side the win with a trip to Wales to face Ospreys next on the agenda.
 
Check out some of the best pics below.
 

The Connacht Eagles management team have named their matchday 23 for tomorrow’s Celtic Cup opener against the Dragons at The Sportsground (k/o 2pm).
 
The competition gives many of the Connacht Academy players an opportunity to impress and get regular game-time, with tomorrow’s tie the first of seven games across as many weeks.
 
The side is captained by hooker Jonny Murphy who’s joined in the front row by Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny. Ireland U20 Grand Slam winner Niall Murray is handed a spot in the second row alongside Cillian Gallagher, while the pack is completed by Academy players Seán Masterson, Lucas Culliton and Mikey Wilson.
 
In the backs Stephen Kerins and Conor Dean form a half-back pairing, while Academy duo Luke Carty and Seán O’Brien are named in the centre. A back three of wingers Peter Sullivan and Hugh Lane and full-back Conor Hayes completes the side.
 
Kick-off is at 2pm tomorrow and tickets are available HERE.
 
CONNACHT EAGLES v DRAGONS (2pm Friday 23rd August @ The Sportsground)
15. Conor Hayes
14. Hugh Lane
13. Seán O’Brien
12. Luke Carty
11. Peter Sullivan
10. Conor Dean
9. Stephen Kerins
1. Matthew Burke
2. Jonny Murphy (c)
3. Conor Kenny
4. Niall Murray
5. Cillian Gallagher
6. Seán Masterson
7. Lucas Culliton
8. Mikey Wilson

Replacements
16. Dylan Tierney-Martin
17. Conor Maguire
18. Ryan Lomas
19. Cormac Daly
20. Declan Adamson
21. Aran Hehir
22. Dylan Prendergast
23. Diarmuid Kilgannen

The Connacht Eagles management team have named their squad for tonight’s Cara Cup inter-provincial derby with Ulster A in Massachusetts (k/o 7pm local, 11pm Irish time).
 
The squad is again captained by Joe Maksymiw who renews his second row partnership with Peter Claffey. There’s one change to the front row named to start against the New England Free Jacks last week, with Jordan Duggan coming in alongside Jonny Murphy and Conor Kenny.
 
There’s a blend of experience and youth in the back-row with Robin Copeland starting at number 8 and James Connolly at openside flanker, with Sean Masterson on the opposite flank.
 
In the backs James Mitchell and Conor Dean form a new look half-back pairing, with Sean O’Brien and Corey Reid starting together in midfield. A back three of wingers Conor Hayes and Hugh Lane and full-back Colm de Buitlear completes the side.
 
The Eagles will be looking to build on Saturday’s 38-7 win over the Free Jacks at the Union Point Field in Weymouth, south of Boston. Ulster will complete their Cara Cup campaign in the coming days with Munster A and Leinster A to visit the venue next month.
 
 
CONNACHT EAGLES XV VS ULSTER A (Wednesday 20 March @ Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA)
15. Colm de Buitlear
14. Hugh Lane
13. Corey Reid
12. Sean O’Brien
11. Conor Hayes
10. Conor Dean
9. James Mitchell
1. Jordan Duggan
2. Jonny Murphy
3. Conor Kenny
4. Peter Claffey
5. Joe Maksymiw (c)
6. Sean Masterson
7. James Connolly
8. Robin Copeland

16. Declan Adamson
17. Conan O’Donnell
18. Neal Moylett
19. Cian Huxford
20. Stephen Kerins
21. Luke Carty
22. Oran McNulty

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