As part of the Connacht Stadium Development Plan, Deloitte have been commissioned to carry out a stadium composition study. The study will aim to determine the optimum capacity, seating mix, premium facilities, technology and alternative use opportunities of a stadium in the future. The study will involve a market analysis of core usage and corporate demand, non-match day potential through market research and consultations with the fans, the public and the business community.


A key component of this study is an in-depth survey of supporters to objectively assess and make recommendations as to the composition of a stadium for Connacht Rugby. The survey will be circulated online through the Connacht Rugby’s website and social media channels.


This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. We know that your time is valuable and we would appreciate if you could spare this time, consider your answers and provide honest feedback. Your input will help us improve our facilities, for you, our fans. By completing the survey, you will also be entered into a draw for the following prizes

  1. A pair of Connacht season tickets for the 2018/2019 season
  2. A Connacht home shirt signed by members of the first team
  3. Hospitality for two at a Connacht home match of your choice

Have your say on a stadium for Connacht Rugby!

The composition study is being launched following an international tendering process, from which the Sports Division of Deloitte emerged. Deloitte has extensive experience in stadium development projects having worked on previous projects such as the Feasibility Study for the new Belgium National Stadium. The survey will be available for completion over the next few weeks.

We are pleased to unveil the new site as we aim to enhance our online presence and provide a first-class platform for Connacht Rugby supporters to access our exclusive content and all of the latest news.

With a clean and concise design, quicker loading times, and easy navigation on desktop, mobile and tablet, our new website will engage and inform our supporters from around the world.

Ahead of an exciting new era on the pitch, we have revamped our content and will be providing the latest news from inside the camp daily.

As part of the website launch, we are very excited to provide exclusive video content throughout next season, starting next week with an exclusive Kieran Keane interview.

With our fanbase continuing to grow, more people attending the Sportsground than ever before, and our social media following increasing by the day, the new website aims to give supporters an outstanding online experience.

Adding to the many benefits of being a Season Ticket holder, there will also be an Exclusive Members’ Area in place for Season Ticket holders ahead of the upcoming campaign.

The new, improved newsfeed will provide a constant stream of news, videos and photographs to give visitors a unique insight into Connacht Rugby while our new Match Centre will include live updates with extensive player stats on matchday.

With our community at the heart of everything we do, the new site will aim to bring supporters closer to the team than ever before while purchasing Season Tickets and match tickets will be even easier.

The website address will remain and we will also be launching a new website for the Club & Community game later this summer.

As always, the feedback of our supporters is vital. If there is anything you would like to see more of on our website or if you would like to contribute, please send on via the ‘Contact Us’ page.

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to announce Joe Gorham as the new Domestic Rugby Manager. He will head up the area of Club & Community for the province.

Joe replaces Eric Elwood who, after two years in the role, was recently appointed Academy Manager.

Before taking up the role at the Sportsground, Joe was employed as the Galway GAA Commercial Manager and prior to that, worked in the banking sector for over 30 years.

He has a long history of involvement with Connacht Rugby at all levels of the game. Joe represented Connacht Rugby and played with Connemara, Corinthians, Ballina and Ballinrobe RFC throughout his playing career.

Joe went on to coach Corinthians RFC at underage level before managing the Connacht Under-18’s and the Irish U-18’s sides during a period that saw the emergence of both Ronan Loughney and John Muldoon.

Joe also had a deep involvement in GAA over the years representing Galway, Mayo and Sligo at Senior Intercounty level and was a key member of the Galway Football Management Team.

Commenting on the new appointment, CEO Willie Ruane said:

“We are delighted to welcome Joe to Connacht Rugby. He has had a deep involvement with rugby across many different levels and brings with him an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the club and community game within the province.

“I have no doubt that he will build on the great work that Eric and the wider Club & Community team have already delivered.”

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to announce that Eric Elwood has been appointed to the role of Academy Manager for the province.

Elwood, who has held the role of Domestic Rugby Manager with Connacht for the past two years, will take over from Nigel Carolan who starts in his new job as Backs Coach with the senior squad this summer.

Former outhalf Elwood was involved as a player with his native province for over 17 years and played 35 times for Ireland.

The Galwegian clubman coached the Ireland Under-20’s from 2006 to 2008, leading the side to the 2007 Six Nation grand slam.

Elwood held the position of Connacht Head Coach from 2010 to 2013. He coached the first Connacht team to compete in the Heineken Cup and brought a number of young Academy players, including Tiernan O’Halloran, Kieran Marmion and Robbie Henshaw through to the senior squad.

Commenting on the new appointment, Eric Elwood said:

“I’m delighted to be taking up the role of Academy Manager and look forward to building on the fantastic work that Nigel (Carolan) has carried out over the last number of years.

“In my current role as Domestic Rugby Manager I have gained direct experience of working with players at the entry point from age grade rugby to the academy. As head coach, I had the benefit of working with players recently graduated from the academy system and who were taking their first steps as professional athletes. I believe that these experiences will provide me with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the demands at Academy level.

“I’ve really enjoyed the past two years working with all the staff, clubs and schools in the Club & Community game and I look forward to seeing some of the young talent coming through to the Academy.”

Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane added:

“Eric’s appointment as Connacht Academy Manager is fantastic news for our province and for Irish Rugby. He has done a great job over the past two years growing the game of rugby across the entire province from grassroots level.

“His passion for player development in Connacht and his huge knowledge of the game make him well-equipped to work with our young Academy players and lead the excellent programme we have here at Connacht.”

Connacht Rugby can confirm that Ronan Loughney will finish with the province at the end of the current season.

Danie Poolman, John Cooney, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Danny Qualter, Rory Parata, Shane O’Leary, Lewis Stevenson, Rory Moloney, Josh Rowland and Ivan Soroka are among those also departing the Sportsground in the summer.

32-year-old loosehead prop Loughney has been with Connacht Rugby for 12 seasons as a professional player. The Galway man was a member of the first academy squad assembled in the province and went on to play 191 games across the PRO12 and Europe competitions.

Having represented Ireland at Youths, U19’s and U21 level, Loughney earned his senior international cap away to the All Blacks in the summer of 2012.

Reflecting on his Connacht career, Ronan said:

“I have had an amazing time with Connacht and am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my home province on so many occasions. The last 12 years have been a dream come true and I am incredibly proud of what the club has achieved.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the great teammates, coaches, management and staff that I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years. I’ve had the honour of playing alongside a remarkable group of players who have also become close friends.

“I would also like to thank our wonderful supporters who have stood by us through thick and thin and have made the Sportsground the fortress it is today. Thanks for your incredible support down through the years.

“I am excited for the future and the next challenge. And will forever cherish my time with this great club.”

Connacht CEO Willie Ruane added:

“On behalf of everyone in the Connacht Rugby organisation and around the province I would like to thank and pay tribute to each individual that will depart the club at the end of the season. Some guys have been here longer than others and have played in more games but we are grateful for the commitment and hard work put in by every individual in the squad throughout the year.

“It would be hard not to give a special mention to Locks (Ronan Loughney) who has given so much to Connacht Rugby over the years. He epitomises the core values of not only Connacht but also rugby. He is a credit to his family and to the West of Ireland and he will be sorely missed around the Sportsground. I know that he is hugely proud of the province and he should be so proud of his own contribution to all that is good about Connacht Rugby.

“We recognise and value the role all these men have played and we will celebrate it together with our supporters at the game on Saturday.”

Connacht U20’s have named their team to play on Saturday September 23rd against Munster in Dubarry Park, Athlone.

Connacht Youths have named their team to play on Saturday September 23rd against Ulster inthe Sportsground.

Connacht Youths began their inter provincial campaign with a great win against a strong Ulster side in the Sportsground. (more…)

Munster claimed a 16-13 victory over Connacht and third place in the Under-20 Championship (more…)

Connacht U20s went down to Leinster on Saturday afternoon at the Sportsground by 30 points to 10.



Connacht U20’s name team to play Munster

Connacht Youths announce side to play Ulster
Connacht Youths announce side to play Ulster

Connacht Youths announce side to play Ulster

13 years ago
Connacht Youths beat Ulster
Connacht Youths beat Ulster

Connacht Youths beat Ulster

16 years ago
Connacht U-20s defeat as Munster take Third
Munster U-20s Take Third

Connacht U-20s defeat as Munster take Third

16 years ago