Connacht Rugby can confirm that James Connolly and Rory Scholes have extended their contracts with the province into the 2018/19 season.

Since graduating from the Connacht Academy, Connolly has played 28 times for the province. He made his debut in the Challenge Cup in the 2014/15 season and has made six appearances so far this season.

Scholes joined Connacht from Edinburgh in summer 2017. He has made three appearances for the senior side in this campaign and also featured for the Connacht Eagles in the B&I Cup.

Commenting on the contract extensions, Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane said: “We are delighted that James and Rory have extended their contracts into next season. We feel we are really building a strong squad and both players will give us even greater options in the 2018/19 campaign.”

James Cannon is the only fresh injury concern this week after picking up a shoulder injury against Munster. James Connolly and Cian Kelleher have both returned to training this week.

 

Prop:
Denis Buckley is rehabilitating from ankle surgery last week and will be out of action until February.

JP Cooney is recovering from recent hamstring surgery and will be out of action until April.

 

Hooker:
Pat O’Toole is continuing his rehabilitation for his hamstring injury under the supervision of the medical and performance team.

 

Lock:
James Cannon sustained a shoulder injury in the game vs Munster and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Andrew Browne has stepped up his rehabilitation from his achilles injury and will return to action in mid January.

 

Back Row:
Eoin McKeon is progressing well in his rehabilitation from a calf injury and will be out of action until the end of January.

James Connolly will integrate fully into team training this week following his recent calf injury.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will return to team training in late January.

Jake Heenan is continuing his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and will be out of action until April.

 

Outhalf:
Steve Crosbie will be out of action until the end of January with a knee injury.

 

Back Three:
Cian Kelleher will integrate fully into team training this week following his recent head injury.

Cormac Brennan is progressing well in the final stages of his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and will return to team training in February.

Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane has made three changes to his starting XV to face Brive in the European Challenge Cup, in the Sportsground on Saturday (K.O. 3pm). Connacht secured a bonus point win last weekend with a 38 – 31 win away to the French Top14 side.

Darragh Leader comes into the side at full back, James Connolly is in at openside and James Mitchell makes his first start for the province at scrum half. Connacht sit on top of Pool 5 after three rounds and a win at home to Brive would put them in an excellent position to qualify for a home Quarter Final.

Sligo native and Academy player Cillian Gallagher is retained in the starting line up at blindside after making his first start last weekend. For the second time this season, Eoghan Masterson is set to the captain the side from number 8.

There is a huge amount of experience on the bench with Tom McCartney, John Muldoon, Kieran Marmion and Tiernan O’Halloran named among the replacements.

In Brive last weekend the home side got off to the best possible, scoring three tries and leading by 16 points after 28 minutes but by half time Connacht were back in the game with tries from Ultan Dillane and Kieran Marmion. In advance of the return leg, Connacht Backs Coach Nigel Carolan says that Connacht need to be more consistent over the 80 minutes. “We are hoping to use the win over Brive last weekend to kick us off to another good run of form. We have some big games coming up and maintaining a level of consistency is what we are aiming to achieve. We can’t afford to be complacent though. We haven’t played at home in a few weeks, so the lads are looking forward to being back out in front of a festive home crowd and producing the performance that can achieve a good result.

 

#BRIvCON

Kick-off 3pm:

(15-9) Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Pita Ahki, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, James Mitchell,
(1-8) Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson (Capt)

Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, James Cannon, John Muldoon, Kieran Marmion, Tom Farrell, Tiernan O’Halloran.

 

 

 

 

This Saturday focus shifts to the European Challenge for our clash away to Brive (K.O. 8pm – live commentary on Galway Bay Fm).

Ahead of the game our medical team issued a squad update at the pre-game press conference.

 

Prop:
Dominic Robertson McCoy is continuing his rehabilitation from thumb surgery and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

JP Cooney sustained a hamstring injury in a club game last weekend and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Lock:
Andrew Browne is continuing his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Back Row:
James Connolly played versus Zebre last week in his first game since his ankle injury with no after effects.

Eoin McKeon is continuing his rehabilitation from his hamstring injury versus Cardiff and is planned to return to training next week.

Jake Heenan injured his shoulder versus Cardiff and underwent surgery last week. He will be out of action until April 2018.

Jarrad Butler is continuing his recovery from recent knee surgery and is due to return to training in the coming weeks.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Centre:
Craig Ronaldson (calf) and Peter Robb (hip) have both returned to full training and are available for selection this week.

 

Back Three:
Stacey Ili (shoulder) has returned to full training and is available for selection this week.

Rory Scholes is continuing his recovery following the removal of his appendix.

Cormac Brennan will return in early 2018 following shoulder surgery.

 

The Connacht Rugby medical team have issued a squad update ahead of the PRO14 clash away to Zebre on Saturday 02nd of December (K.O. 1:15pm – Live TG4)

 

Prop:
Dominic Robertson McCoy is continuing his rehabilitation from thumb surgery and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

 

Lock:
Andrew Browne is continuing his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Back Row:
James Connolly will reintegrate into training with the squad this week following his recovery from an ankle injury.

Eoin McKeon injured his hamstring versus Cardiff and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Jake Heenan injured his shoulder versus Cardiff and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Jarrad Butler is continuing his recovery from recent knee surgery and is due to return to training in early December.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Centre:
Craig Ronaldson is continuing his recovery from a calf injury and will return to training in early December.

Peter Robb will integrate into training with the squad this week following his hip surgery in September.

 

Back Three:
Stacey Ili will integrate into training with the squad this week following a recent shoulder injury.

Rory Scholes is continuing his recovery following the removal of his appendix.

Cormac Brennan will return in early 2018 following shoulder surgery

The Connacht Rugby medical team have issued the following update ahead of the Connacht V Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday (K.O. at 7:35pm).

Prop:
Dominic Robertson McCoy is recovering from his thumb surgery last week and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

JP Cooney sustained an ankle injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

 

Lock:
Andrew Browne will undergo surgery this week for an ongoing Achilles injury and will return in early 2018.

 

Back Row:
Jarrad Butler has undergone surgery on a knee injury sustained in the game versus Munster and will be out of action for up to 6 weeks.

James Connolly sustained an ankle injury in the game versus Worcester and will be reviewed by a specialist this week following which a course of treatment will be determined.

Jake Heenan is progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury and will return to action in December.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

 

Centre:
Eoin Griffin sustained an low grade injury to his calf in the game versus Worcester and is being managed by the medical and performance staff.

Peter Robb is progressing well following his hip surgery and will return to training with the squad in December.

 

Back Three:
Stacey Ili sustained a shoulder injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and will undergo rehabilitation with the medical and performance teams over the coming weeks.

Cormac Brennan underwent shoulder surgery and will return to action in February 2018.

Our medical team have issued the following update ahead of the home clash with Munster on Friday night (7.35pm).

There are still tickets available for the Sportsground clash here.

Prop:

Dominic Robertson-McCoy has undergone surgery on his thumb after sustaining an injury in the Worcester game and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

JP Cooney sustained an ankle injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Lock:

Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an Achilles tendon injury is due to return in early November.

Back Row:

James Connolly sustained an ankle injury in the game versus Worcester and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Jake Heenan is progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury and will return to action in December.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery and will be out of action until early 2018.

Out-half:

Steve Crosbie will integrate into team training this week following his ankle injury sustained in the Ulster game.

Centre:

Eoin Griffin sustained an injury to his calf in the game versus Worcester and will be monitored by the medical and performance staff this week.

Peter Robb is rehabilitating from recent hip surgery and will be out of action until December.

Back Three:

Stacey Ili sustained a shoulder injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Cormac Brennan underwent shoulder surgery last week and will return in early 2018.

 

Connacht back Tiernan O’Halloran was voted the Connacht Rugby Players’ Player of the Year by his fellow team mates and received the accolade at the annual Connacht Rugby Awards Ball in Galway on Sunday night.

26-year-old O’Halloran has had a phenomenal season as a leader in Connacht’s young back line. The Clifden man has featured in 24 games for the province this season, starting all but one. In the Guinness PRO12, he holds the record for the most carries and the most metres made this season. He earned his third international cap against Canada in the 2016 November Series, touching down for a brace of tries in the Aviva Stadium win.

O’Halloran was up to the stage for a second time on Sunday night to pick up the award for Back of the Year while Connacht captain John Muldoon, who this season celebrated his 300th cap for the province, was the deserved recipient of Forward of the Year for the second year in a row.

Ballina RFC were awarded the Connacht Club of the Year following an outstanding season of success and development across every aspect of the Mayo club from regenerating the facilities at Heffernan Park to a thriving schools and competitive youths’ programme.

Their remarkable success underpins the senior men’s team who, as well as winning the Cawley Cup, claimed a first Connacht Junior League title in 32 years.

Chris Davies was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby award for his commitment to schools rugby in Connacht over the past decade. He steps away from the role as Chairman of the Schools Committee having played a massive part in the development of schools rugby with the number of games played tripling in recent years.

Awards Winners

CONNACHT U18 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Top Oil
Niall Murray

CONNACHT U19 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Edward Holdings
Sean Masterson

CONNACHT U18 GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Mongey Communications
Sarah Dent

CONNACHT WOMEN’S CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Eventus
Emma Clery, Galwegians RFC

CONNACHT WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by My Club Finances
Grainne Egan

CONNACHT COACH OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Deloitte
Brett Wilkinson, Buccaneers RFC

CONNACHT CLUB OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Ulster Bank
Ballina RFC

CONNACHT REFEREE OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Golden Eye Security
Karol Collins

CONNACHT JUNIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Radisson Blu Hotel
John O’Brien, Connemara RFC

CONNACHT SENIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Keller Travel
Jordan Conroy, Buccaneers RFC

OUTSANDING CONTRIBUTION TO RUGBY, sponsored by AIB
Chris Davies

CONNACHT ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by RDJ
Conor McKeon

CONNACHT RUGBY FORWARD OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Heineken
John Muldoon

CONNACHT RUGBY BACK OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Deep RiverRock
Tiernan O’Halloran

CONNACHT RUGBY TRY OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Irish Independent
James Connolly, Connacht v Ulster

CONNACHT RUGBY TEAM MAN OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Mazda
Jake Heenan

CONNACHT RUGBY PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Tiernan O’Halloran

 

Ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 game at home to Leinster, the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.

Tom McCartney (ankle) will undergo surgery this week on the ankle he injured v Edinburgh and will return to training in the pre-season.

JP Cooney (shoulder) will be monitored this week following a minor shoulder injury sustained in the Edinburgh game.

Ronan Loughney (arm) underwent surgery last week on the arm he injured in training prior to the Zebre game and will be out of action for the remainder of the season.

James Connolly will integrate into training with the squad this week following his hamstring injury.

Stacey Ili (ankle) will undergo surgery this week on the ankle he injured v Zebre and will return to training in the pre-season.

Darragh Leader will integrate into training with the squad this week following his hamstring injury.

CONNACHT RUGBY v LEINSTER RUGBY
Saturday 15th April
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Live on TG4

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU, 62nd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Davies (WRU), Joy Neville (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (IRFU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

Ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 game away to Zebre, the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.

James Connolly injured his hamstring in a club game and will be out of action for up to 4 weeks.

Darragh Leader injured his hamstring in training last week and will be out of action for up to 3 weeks.

Connacht v Zebre
Saturday 1st April
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kick off 15:30

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