The fixture details have been confirmed for Rounds 14-17 of the Guinness PRO14 Championship, which include a back-to-back double header at The Sportsground against Conference A rivals in February.

 

On Friday 9th February we host Ospreys in the first of two vital Conference A clashes. After a 7 day turn around, Michael Bradley’s Zebre will visit the Sportsground for a Friday night fixture.

 

The following weeks sees two significant away fixtures. First stop is Treviso where we will take on Benetton Rugby at the the Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Saturday 24th March. The squad will travel from there to Bloemfontein in South Africa for the first time in the return fixture against the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday 3rd March.

 

GUINNESS PRO14 ROUNDS 14-17

Friday 9th February, 7.35pm
Connacht v Ospreys

Friday 16th February, 7.35pm
Connacht v Zebre

Saturday 24th February, 1.00pm (12.00pm Irish Time)
Benetton Rugby v Connacht

Saturday 3rd March, 7.35pm (5.35pm Irish Time)
Toyota Cheetahs v Connacht

 

Ticket details for these fixtures will be announced soon.

Remember you can give the perfect gift this Christmas with the Connacht Christmas Cracker which includes access to all five home games in the new year.

 

Connacht’s European Challenge Cup fixtures have been confirmed ahead of the forthcoming 2017/18 campaign.

Kieran Keane’s side will kick off the new European season away to Oyonnax on Saturday, October 14, (kick-off 8pm, local time) at Stade de Geneve.

After their opener, Connacht then host Worcester Warriors at the Sportsground on Saturday, October 21 (3pm).

In December, it’s back-to-back clashes with Brive. We travel to the Amedee Domenech on Saturday, December 9, with a 9pm kick-off, local time. We are back at the Sportsground for another Saturday 3pm kick-off in the return fixture on December 16.

January will see Connacht travel to Worcester on the weekend of January 12 and complete the pool stages at home against Oyonnax on the weekend of January 29.

All Connacht home fixtures are included in a 2017/18 Season Ticket. Buy yours online now here.

European Challenge Cup fixtures (Kick-off times are local)

Saturday, October 14

Oyonnax v Connacht, Stade de Geneve, 8pm;

Saturday, October 21

Connacht v Worcester Warriors, the Sportsground, 3pm;

Saturday, December 9

Brive v Connacht, Amedee Domenech, 9pm;

Saturday, December 16

Connacht v Brive, the Sportsground, 3pm;

January 11-14

Worcester Warriors vs Connacht, Sixways;

January 18-21

Connacht v Oyonnax, the Sportsground;

 

The Challenge Cup consist of five pools of four clubs with the five pool winners and the three best runners-up qualifying for the knockout stages.

The 40 clubs from eight countries in both tournaments have qualified on merit from Europe’s three leading professional leagues – the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO14 and TOP 14 – and from the Continental Shield.

South African clubs competing in the Guinness PRO14 are not eligible for European tournaments.

The Challenge Cup and Champions Cup finals will be staged at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on 11 and 12 May 2018.

2017/18 will be the 23rd season of European professional club rugby.

In preparation for the upcoming 2017/18 season, Connacht Rugby have confirmed their pre-season schedule of games. English sides Wasps and Bristol will provide quality opposition in the lead up to the new campaign. 

Wednesday August 23rd         Wasps v Connacht Rugby       Ricoh Arena                19:35
Saturday August 26th              Connacht Rugby v Bristol       the Sportsground       15:00

The squad, under new head coach Kieran Keane will travel to the Ricoh Arena to play last year’s Aviva Premiership finalists on Wednesday August 23rd. The two sides will be familiar with each other having met in the pool stages of last season’s Champions Cup, with both teams winning their home fixture. In round four of the competition, Connacht outhalf Jack Carty snatched a dramatic 20-18 victory with the final kick of the game in front of a sold-out Sportsground.

Following the Wasps fixtures, all eyes will be on the Sportsground on Saturday August 26th when former Connacht head coach Pat Lam brings his Bristol side to Galway for the highly-anticipated final pre-season clash.

Early bird tickets to the Wasps v Connacht game go on sale on Monday June 26th via wasps.co.uk/tickets .

Tickets for Connacht v Bristol will be made available through Connacht Rugby in the coming weeks.

A Connacht Rugby Season Ticket includes access to the Connacht v Bristol pre-season game and remains the best value ticket for savings at the gate. Click here for more information.

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