Connacht Rugby can confirm that the following players will be leaving the province at the end of the current season: Naulia Dawai, Stacey Ili, Andrew Deegan, Denis Coulson, Cormac Brennan, Pat O’Toole and Steve Crosbie.

Commenting on the departures, CEO Willie Ruane said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank each of the players for the significant contributions they have made to Connacht Rugby over the past few seasons and to wish them well in the future.”

At Connacht’s last home game of the season against Leinster, supporters will have an opportunity to show their appreciation to all the players leaving the club at the end of the season.

A further announcement will be made in the coming weeks in relation to other players whose contracts are currently scheduled to finish at the end of the season.

 

Winger Niyi Adeolokun makes his first start of the season for Connacht as they take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the Sportsground on Saturday (K.O. 7.35pm). Adeolokun, who turned 27 today, joins Tiernan O’Halloran and Darragh Leader in the back three, both of whom started in the win against Munster last weekend.

 

With three players away on international duty, Caolin Blade starts at scrum half, Craig Ronaldson at inside centre and Quinn Roux in the second row as Connacht look to make it four wins in a row in all competitions.

 

In the back row Eoghan Masterson comes back in at blindside, Eoin McKeon starts at openside and Captain John Muldoon wears the number 8 jersey.

 

Naulia Dawai also returning from injury is back in the match day 23 as he takes his place among the replacements. Ronaldson forms a centre partnership with Tom Farrell who scored the decisive try against Munster.

 

Speaking ahead of the game Farrell spoke of the need to get a result against Cheetahs before going into the two week break as the Autumn international will take centre stage. “We have been steadily improving since the start of the season and we put together back to back wins in Europe and followed that up with a win against Munster last weekend. The atmosphere was fantastic in the Sportsground and the lift that the fans gave us made all the difference. But we will need to repeat that performance if we are to beat the Cheetahs on Saturday and go into the break with four wins in a row”.

 

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Kick-off 7.35pm:

(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Darragh Leader, Tom Farrell, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade,

(1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham; Quinn Roux, James Cannon; Eoghan Masterson, Eoin McKeon, John Muldoon (Capt).

Replacements (16-23): Dave Heffernan, Denis Coulson, Conor Carey, Gavin Thornbury, Naulia Dawai, Conor McKeon, Steve Crosbie, Matt Healy.

 

 

Head Coach Mossy Lawler has named the Connacht Eagles side for Sunday’s British and Irish Cup clash against high-flying Ealing Trailfinders at the Sportsground (2pm).

Andrew Deegan, Rory Scholes and captain JP Cooney are among the players drafted into the side.

Once again, the strong selection includes a mix of senior and Connacht Academy players as Ireland international Niyi Adeolokun and Fiji international Naulia Dawai both maintain their places.

Out-half Deegan partners Conor McKeon at half-back with Scholes starting on the left wing as Stacey Ili maintains his place at outside centre.

The Connacht Academy, sponsored by NUIG, is well represented with Matthew Byrne at full back, Kieran Joyce at inside centre, Peter Claffey in the second row, and both Paul Boyle and Harley Fox in the back row.

An all-senior front row sees Denis Coulson and Cooney flank Pat O’Toole with lock Gavin Thornbury partnering Claffey in the engine room.

Scrum-half James Mitchell is set to make his return from injury off the bench with three Academy players among the replacements – out-half Luke Carty, back three player Adam Leavy and prop Conor Kenny.

Ireland U18 internationals Cian Huxford and Callum Torpey (Exile) complete the bench along with Niall Murray, last year’s Connacht U18 Player of the Year.

It is set to be a very tough task against an Ealing Trailfinders side that are flying high in the Championship with five wins from six.

They made a superb start to the B&I Cup campaign thanks to a 67-12 win over Richmond last week and former Connacht out-half Shane O’Leary is among their ranks.

Admission to this game for Season Ticket holders and under-12s is free of charge.

General admission is €5.

Connacht Eagles: Matthew Byrne; Niyi Adeolokun, Stacey Ili, Kieran Joyce, Rory Scholes; Andrew Deegan, Conor McKeon; Denis Coulson, Pat O’Toole, JP Cooney (Capt); Peter Claffey, Gavin Thornbury; Paul Boyle, Naulia Dawai, Harley Fox.

Replacements: Callum Torpey, Conor Kenny, Niall Murray, Cian Huxford, James Mitchell, Luke Carty, Adam Leavy.

 

Connacht Eagles B&I Cup Fixtures & Results

Saturday, October 14

Rotherham 28-23 Connacht Eagles, Clifton Lane;

Sunday, October 22

Connacht Eagles v Ealing Trailfinders, The Sportsground, 2pm;

Saturday, December 9

Richmond v Connacht Eagles, Athletic Ground, 3pm;

Sunday, December 17

Connacht Eagles v Richmond, The Sportsground, 2pm;

Saturday, January 13

Ealing Trailfinders v Connacht Eagles, Trailfinders Sports Ground, 3pm;

Weekend of Saturday, January 20

Connacht Eagles v Rotherham, The Sportsground, TBC;

With preparations well underway for Saturday night’s European Challenge Cup opener away to Top14 side Oyonnax, our medical team have issued the following squad update.

Lock:

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

Back Row:

Naulia Dawai trained fully with the squad last week following his hamstring injury.

Jake Heenan injured his knee in the game versus Scarlets and will be out of action until December.

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

Scrum-half:

James Mitchell will train fully with the squad this week following his shoulder injury.

Out-half:

Steve Crosbie sustained an ankle injury in the game versus Ulster and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Centre:

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

Back Three:

Niyi Adeolokun is continuing his integration into squad training this week and is due to be available for selection next week.

Tiernan O’Halloran sustained a hip injury in the game versus Ulster and will be monitored by the medical and performance staff this week.

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On the road this Saturday night (see fixture details here), we return to the Sportsground the following weekend for a triple-header against Worcester Warriors, Munster & Cheetahs – buy tickets here.

Our medical team have issued the following squad update ahead of Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets (7.35pm).

Lock:

Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an achilles tendon injury and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

James Cannon sustained a minor thigh strain in training last week and is currently rehabilitating under the supervision of the medical and performance staff.

Back Row:

Naulia Dawai is progressing well with his hamstring rehabilitation and is due to return to training next week.

Sean O’Brien is recovering following shoulder surgery last week.

Scrum-half:

James Mitchell is progressing well in his recovery from a shoulder injury and will return to training in the coming weeks.

Centre:

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

Back Three:

Tiernan O’Halloran has recovered from his hip injury sustained against the Dragons and has returned to training.

Matt Healy is progressing well with his groin rehabilitation and is due to return to training next week.

Cormac Brennan has returned to training following his recent shoulder injury.

Niyi Adeolokun is continuing his recovery from knee surgery and will return to training in the coming weeks.

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On the road for our next three games (see fixture details here), we are then back at home for a triple-header against Worcester Warriors, Munster & Cheetahs – buy tickets here.

 

Our medical team have issued the following squad update ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground (3.15pm).

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Lock:

Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an Achilles tendon injury and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Back Row:

Naulia Dawai had a minor setback with his hamstring injury and will continue his rehabilitation.

Sean O’Brien underwent surgery for the shoulder injury he sustained versus Southern Kings and will be out of action for three to four months.

Scrum-half:

James Mitchell is progressing well in his recovery from a shoulder injury and hopes to return to training in the coming weeks.

Centre:

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

Back Three:

Tiernan O’Halloran sustained a hip injury in the game versus the Dragons and will be monitored by the medical and fitness teams this week.

Matt Healy sustained a groin injury in training last week and will be out for 2-3 weeks.

Cormac Brennan sustained a shoulder injury in training last week.

Niyi Adeolokun is continuing his recovery from knee surgery under the supervision of the medical and fitness teams.

The Connacht medical team have issued the following update on the squad ahead of the game against The Dragons in Rodney Parade on Friday at 7.30pm.

 

Update on returning players:

Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Caolin Blade and Tiernan O’Halloran all returned to play against the Kings with no ill effects from their recent injuries.

 

Lock:

Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an achilles tendon injury and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

 

Back Row:

Naulia Dawai will integrate into team training this week as he steps up his recovery from a recent hamstring injury.

 

Sean O’Brien injured his shoulder in the Kings game and will see a specialist this week to determine the extent of the injury.

 

Scrum-half:

James Mitchell is continuing his recovery from a shoulder injury.

 

Centre:

Peter Robb is recovering from hip surgery last week and will be out of action until December.

 

Back Three:

Niyi Adeolokun is continuing his recovery from knee surgery under the supervision of the medical and fitness teams.

 

The Connacht medical team have issued the below update on the squad ahead of Saturday night’s historic Guinness PRO14 clash against South Africa’s Southern Kings.

Tickets are still available for the game on Saturday night (7.35pm) with savings of up to 15% available when purchased online.

Update on returning players:
Tiernan O’Halloran has returned to team training following knee surgery at the end of last season.

Prop:
Finlay Bealham sustained a head injury in the Glasgow game and is currently following return to play protocols.

Lock:
Andrew Browne is rehabilitating from an achilles tendon injury and expected to be out for a number of weeks.

Back Row:
Naulia Dawai is continuing his recovery from a hamstring injury and is aiming to return to full training in the coming weeks.

Scrum-half:
Caolin Blade will re-integrate into team training this week as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury in the pre-season game against Munster.

Centre:
Peter Robb underwent surgery for an ongoing hip issue earlier this week and will be out of action until December.

Back Three:
Niyi Adeolokun is continuing his recovery from knee surgery under the supervision of the medical and fitness teams.

Having returned from Italy yesterday, the Connacht squad trained today as preparations began for Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 clash against Edinburgh at Myreside (7.35pm, live on TG4).

After a well-earned rest week, Ireland internationals Kieran Marmion and Tiernan O’Halloran are back in contention and trained today.

Niyi Adeolokun, JP Cooney and Jake Heenan have all recovered from minor injuries and are available for selection.

Naulia Dawai’s Visa issues have been resolved and he is also in contention for the trip to Edinburgh.

Stacey Ili, a try-scorer in the defeat to Zebre, was replaced in the first half of that game with an ankle injury and is awaiting the results of a scan.

Ronan Loughney injured his arm in training last week and will see a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.

 

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Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam has announced his match day 23 for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO12 round 13 clash with Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium (Kick Off: 1.30pm – live on SKY Sports 1).

There are three personnel changes to the starting team that lined out against Munster six days ago.

With Kieran Marmion rested this week, scrum half John Cooney makes a timely return from injury to start in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Up front, the back row is changed with the introduction of Sean O’Brien at blindside flanker and Naulia Dawai at Number 8 for his first Connacht start.

Tom McCartney will captain the side in the absence of John Muldoon who had, up to now, started every game this season but was ruled out this week with a hamstring injury.

From the bench, Galway man Eoin McKeon is in line to make his 100th Connacht appearance if he is called upon in Wales tomorrow afternoon.

Commenting on the upcoming game, Pat Lam said:

“There is real excitement in the camp as we face another great challenge away to Ospreys who are flying high in the PRO12 championship. They have one of the best all-round games as well as the most successful record at home this season, highlighted by their 29 points earned out of a possible 30.

“Our focus remains on improving our game and if we can nail our execution and detail, it will give us a great chance of challenging for the points on offer.”

Team to face Ospreys

Saturday January 7th, kick off 13:30, Liberty Stadium  

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (115)
14           Niyi Adeolokun (46)
13           Rory Parata (23)
12           Peter Robb (23)
11           Matt Healy (81)
10           Jack Carty (69)
9             John Cooney (28)

1             Denis Buckley (105)
2             Tom McCartney (53) (captain)
3             Finlay Bealham (69)
4             Quinn Roux (44)
5             James Cannon (6)
6             Sean O’Brien (28)
7             Jake Heenan (45)
8             Naulia Dawai (3)

Replacements:

16           Dave Heffernan (72)
17           JP Cooney (41)
18           John Andress (1)
19           Lewis Stevenson (9)
20           Eoin McKeon (99)
21           Caolin Blade (35)
22           Danie Poolman (76)
23           Ciaran Gaffney (1)

Injured / Unavailable: Ronan Loughney, Conor Carey, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, Ivan Soroka, Conan O’Donnell, Ultan Dillane, Ben Marshall, Andrew Browne, Nepia Fox-Matamua, John Muldoon, Eoghan Masterson, Marnitz Boshoff, Shane O’Leary, Craig Ronaldson, Stacey Ili, Bundee Aki, Eoin Griffin, Cormac Brennan, Cian Kelleher, Josh Rowland, Darragh Leader.

Ospreys v Connacht
At Liberty Stadium
Kick off 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports 1

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 59th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Gary Conway (IRFU), Dewi Phillips (WRU)
Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (WRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)

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