Creggs and Castlebar will meet in the Bank of Ireland Cawley Cup final after they won their respective semi-finals this past weekend.

 

Creggs — who had tries from Brian Donoghue, Mark Purcell and Brian Diffley, as well two Shane Purcell penalties to thank — edged Connemara 28-27 in a thrilling encounter at the Green.

 

Castlebar, meanwhile, defeated Westport 6-3 in an all Mayo encounter at Carrowholly. The away team progressed thanks to two Stephen Rogan penalties.

 

Elsewhere, Buccaneers 2nd XV lead the Bank of Ireland Connacht J1A League after three rounds of fixtures.

 

The table is compact, however, and the gap between the leaders — who have registered ten match points — and fifth-placed Castlebar stands at only four points.

 

Creggs are placed second, with Westport and Connemara third and fourth respectively.

 

Sligo’s 2nd XV, Tuam, and Monivea sit in sixth, seventh, and eighth in the standings.

 

In the Bank of Ireland J1B league, Ballinrobe and NUIG share top spot on 14 points with both sides boasting a 100% winning record after three rounds of fixtures.

 

Corrib, Corinthians 2nd XV, and Dunmore find themselves placed fourth, fifth, and sixth.

 

Ballina 2nd XV, Galwegians 2nd XV, and Loughrea complete the standings.

 

Ballyhaunis and Ballinasloe lead the way in the Bank of Ireland J1C league, with each collecting ten points after two rounds of fixtures.

 

Carrick on Shannon, Corinthians 3rd XV, and OLBC rank third, fourth and fifth, with Carrick and Corinthians both holding a game in hand.

 

Creggs 2nd XV and Tuam 2nd XV complete the standing in sixth and seventh place.

 

Meanwhile, in the Bank of Ireland J2 league, Galwegians 3rd XV are in top spot with eight points after two wins from their opening two rounds of fixtures.

 

Just behind them are Claremorris — who also boast a 100% winning record — while Westport 2nd XV, Oughterard and Loughrea 2nd XV find themselves third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

 

NUIG 2nd XV, Gort, and Sligo 3rd XV are placed sixth, seventh, and eighth, while Ballinrobe 2nd XV and Portumna complete the standings in ninth and tenth place.

Fixtures for the 2019/20 Connacht J1A, J1B and J1C Leagues were confirmed today, with 23 teams competing across the 3 divisions with the opening round of games taking place on the 15th of September in J1A and J1B.J1C will kick off a week later on Saturday 21st of September (Saturday due to World Cup fixtures).
 
Reigning J1A and Junior Cup champions Connemara RFC will get their campaign underway at home to Castlebar RFC. Cawley Cup winners Creggs RFC, who pushed Connemara all the way in the league last term, will open up with a home game against Sligo RFC (2nd XV). Newly promoted Tuam RFC will play their first J1A game away to Westport RFC. The final fixture of the opening weekend will see Buccaneers RFC (2nd XV) host Monivea RFC.
 
Meanwhile in J1B newcomers Ballina RFC (2nd XV) will open up with a tricky Mayo derby against Ballinrobe RFC. Elsewhere there is also a Galway City derby between NUIG RFC and Galwegians RFC (2nd XV). NUIG narrowly missed out on promotion to J1A last season, losing in a play-off against Westport. Both of these sides are likely to be among the favourites to compete for the J1B league title this season. The final two games on the opening weekend of the J1B League will see Corrib RFC host Corinthians RFC (2nd XV) and Dunmore RFC will welcome Loughrea RFC in a repeat of last seasons Curley Cup Final where Dunmore took home the honours.
 
7 teams will compete in the J1C league next season meaning one team will be idle each weekend. Last seasons J2 League winners Carrick on Shannon RFC will be the first side to have a weekend off. The other newly promoted side Tuam RFC (2nd XV) will begin with a trip to face Creggs RFC (2nd XV). The other 2 games on the opening weekend will take place in Galway City with OLBC RFC hosting Ballyhaunis RFC and Corinthians RFC (3rd XV) welcoming Ballinasloe RFC.
 
Downloadable fixture lists for all three divisions are available below as well as an overall season plan for adult mens rugby in Connacht.
 
J1A League Fixtures 2019-20

J1B League Fixtures 2019-20

J1C League Fixtures 2019-20

Adult Mens Rugby Season Plan 2019-20

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