Ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup playoff game away to Northampton, the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.

Ultan Dillane (shoulder) will integrate into team training this week.

Andrew Browne (calf) sustained a calf injury in training and will be monitored by the medical staff in relation to training.

Marnitz Boshoff (head injury) is completing his graduated return to play protocols this week and will integrate into team training.

Steve Crosbie (AC joint) has recovered from his AC joint injury and will integrate into team training this week.

Tom Farrell (groin) and Shane O’Leary (foot) sustained injuries last week and will be monitored by the medical staff in relation to training.

Peter Robb (hip) will integrate into team training this week.

Niyi Adeolokun (hamstring) and Matt Healy (hand) will both integrate into team training this week.

The Connacht team to face Northampton will be named at 12 noon on Friday.

Northampton Saints v Connacht Rugby
Saturday 20th May
Franklin’s Gardens
Kick off 4pm

Connacht host Scarlets in their final Guinness PRO12 home game of the season at the Sportsground on Saturday night with Champions Cup qualification within reach (7.35pm).

Don’t miss your final chance to see Connacht at the Sportsground in the PRO12 this season, get your match ticket for Saturday night here

With a place in the top eight secured, the focus now is on building momentum ahead of the play-off semi-final next month away to either French or English opposition.

In-form Scarlets will provide a formidable challenge but Connacht have lost just twice in Galway since mid-September with the home crowd roaring the Westerners to nine wins in their last 11 home games.

Last time out, Connacht played some scintillating rugby in a thrilling encounter against Leinster but the visitors were clinical on the night and took every chance that came their way to record a 37-24 victory.

Following the Scarlets clash, Connacht are on the road to Thomond Park for the final PRO12 game of the season on Saturday, May 6 (5.15pm).

We have a once in a lifetime prize to give away – a one-off, specially embroidered, signed Connacht jersey to mark captain John Muldoon’s 300th Connacht appearance. Click here for more details.

The 20th place in the Champions Cup will be decided by a series of play-off matches that will include the following clubs:

  • The seventh-ranked club from the Premiership, or the winner of the Challenge Cup if from the Premiership and not already qualified for the Champions Cup.
  • The seventh-ranked club from the TOP 14, or the winner of the Challenge Cup if from the TOP 14 and not already qualified for the Champions Cup.
  • The clubs that finish 7th and 8th in the Guinness PRO12.

Play-Off Draw

19/20/21 May

Play-off 1: Aviva Premiership (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (Team that finish 8th – Cardiff Blues or Connacht)

Play-off 2: TOP 14 (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (Team that finish 7th – Cardiff Blues or Connacht)

The Premiership and TOP 14 clubs will have home advantage.

26/27/28 May

Play-off Final: winner Play-off 1 v winner Play-off 2 (The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage).

The winner of the Play-off final will take the 20th place in the 2017/18 Champions Cup.

Connacht’s possible play-off semi-final opponents

France: Lyon Olympique, Stade Francais, Pau, Castres, Bordeaux-Begles, Brive, Toulouse, Racing 92, Toulon.

England: Harlequins, Gloucester, Northampton, Newcastle, Bath.

Connacht’s semi-final opponents will either be decided following the completion of the PRO12, Top14 and Premiership on Saturday, May 6, or after the European Challenge Cup final between Stade Francais and Gloucester on Friday, May 12.

 

See our latest squad update here and the match preview for Connacht v Scarlets here.

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

Conor Carey will integrate into training with the squad this week following his foot injury sustained in December.

Quinn Roux has completed his GRTP protocols following the head injury he sustained v Leinster.

Eoin McKeon has completed his GRTP protocols following the head injury he sustained v Leinster.

Steve Crosbie sustained an AC joint injury in the game v Leinster and will be monitored this week.

Niyi Adeolokun sustained a hamstring injury in the game v Leinster and will be out of action for 4-5 weeks.

Matt Healy has recovered from his recent hand injury and will return to partial training this week.

Cian Kelleher will integrate into training with the squad this week following his hamstring injury sustained in December.

CONNACHT v SCARLETS
Saturday 29th April
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Live on TG4 / S4C

Get your tickets for Connacht v Scarlets here.

Referee:  Mike Adamson (SRU, 7th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Lloyd Linton (SRU), Helen O’Reilly (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner:  Murray Whyte (IRFU)
TMO: Charles Samson (SRU)

 

Connacht captain John Muldoon will play his 300th game for the province when he lines out against Leinster at a sold-out Sportsground tomorrow night.

The 34-year-old, who has started 23 games already this season, leads the team featuring four personnel changes from last weekend.

Jack Carty is handed the reins at out-half for the visit of the Guinness PRO12 table toppers while Craig Ronaldson is recalled to start in the centre with Bundee Aki.

Dave Heffernan and Ireland international Finlay Bealham are named in the front row in an otherwise unchanged forward pack.

Commenting on the upcoming game, head coach Pat Lam said:

“It’s great to be back at the Sportsground in front of our home support after a number of weeks on the road. Leinster are flying high at the top of the PRO12 table as well as in Europe and we know we are coming up against a tough side stacked with quality players. But that just adds to the excitement for us as a team. We are really looking forward to this game and the chance to put in a huge performance for ourselves, for our supporters and for John Muldoon on a special day for him.”

Connacht team to face Leinster

Saturday, April 15th, kick off 7.35pm, the Sportsground

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15         Tiernan O’Halloran (124)
14         Niyi Adeolokun (55)
13         Bundee Aki (58)
12         Craig Ronaldson (64)
11         Danie Poolman (82)
10         Jack Carty (78)
9           Kieran Marmion (118)

1           Denis Buckley (115)
2           Dave Heffernan (81)
3           Finlay Bealham (79)
4           Quinn Roux (54)
5           Andrew Browne (152)
6           Eoin McKeon (104)
7           Jake Heenan (51)
8           John Muldoon (299) (captain)

Replacements:

16       Shane Delahunt (25)
17       JP Cooney (47
18       Dominic Robertson-McCoy (8)
19       Sean O’Brien (36)
20       Naulia Dawai (10)
21       Caolin Blade (42)
22       Steve Crosbie (2)
23       Eoin Griffin (76)

 

Injured/unavailable: Tom McCartney, Ronan Loughney, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Nepia Fox-Matamua, Peter Robb, Stacey Ili, Matt Healy, Cian Kelleher.

CONNACHT RUGBY v LEINSTER RUGBY
Saturday 15th April
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Sold Out; 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)

 

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