Did you know?

  • The Irishmen have lost just twice in Galway since mid-September: against Munster on New Year’s Eve and Leinster in round 20.
  • Connacht’s only two home defeats to Welsh regions in the last three seasons have both been to Ospreys.
  • Connacht Rugby’s only victory in the last four rounds of the Guinness PRO12 came on a visit to Edinburgh on 7 April.
  • Scarlets only loss in the last nine rounds of the Guinness PRO12 was to Leinster in Dublin on 4 March, a defeat which also saw them end a four game winning run against Irish provinces.
  • Connacht have won only two of their last ten encounters against Scarlets – both in Galway, in November 2014 and January 2016.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:
Played 27, Connacht 8 won 16, Scarlets won 18 with 1 game drawn.

CONNACHT RUGBY v SCARLETS

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

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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)

HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS
Date Venue

C

S

Connacht scorers Scarlets scorers
Sun 30 Mar 14 Parc y Scarlets

30

32

Eoin McKeon(T) Robbie Henshaw(T) Kieran Marmion(T) Fionn Carr(T) Dan Parks(2P) Miah Nikora(2C) Gareth Davies(T) Jonathan Davies(T) Gareth Maule(T) Rhys Priestland(3C/2P) Josh Turnbull(T)
Sat 29 Nov 14 Sportsground

14

8

Matt Healy(T) Jack Carty(3P) Harry Robinson(T) Steve Shingler(P)
Sun 15 Feb 15 Parc y Scarlets

14

32

Jack Carty(3P) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Harry Robinson(T) Steve Shingler(3C/2P) Jordan Williams(T) James Davies(T) Michael Tagicakibau(T)
Sun 10 Jan 16 Parc y Scarlets

19

21

Matt Healy(T) Jack Carty(2P) Craig Ronaldson(C/2P) Mike Collins(T) Steve Shingler(P) Steffan Evans(T) Aled Thomas(C/2P)
Sat 30 Jan 16 Sportsground

30

17

Denis Buckley(T) Jack Carty(2C/2P) Jake Heenan(2T) Rodney Ah You(T) DTH van der Merwe(T) Aled Thomas(2C/P) Gareth Owen(T)
Sat 24 Sep 16 Parc y Scarlets

8

17

Jack Carty(P) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Rhys Patchell(2C/D) Liam Williams(2T)

 

COMPARISON Connacht Scarlets
Last 3 PRO12 results: 1 Apr – Zebre (A) L 22-25 24 Mar – Edinburgh (H) W 26-10
  7 Apr – Edinburgh (A) W 22-19 8 Apr – Treviso (H) W 51-5
  15 Apr – Leinster (H) L 24-37 15 Apr – Dragons (A) W 21-16
 
PRO12 2016/17 8th – W9 D0 L11 – 44pts 3rd – W15 D0 L5 – 67pts
Last 6 PRO12 form wWllwL (15pts) WwlWWw (23pts)
Top try scorer 6 – Niyi Adeolokun 8 – Steffan Evans
Top points scorer 70 – Jack Carty 107 – Rhys Patchell

 

As John Muldoon prepares to make his 300th appearance for the province at the Sportsground tomorrow night, Connacht Rugby have paid tribute to their captain who becomes the first Irish player to reach the milestone.

The Portumna man made his senior Connacht debut in the 2003/04 season and has since played 299 competitive games for his home province, including 67 European appearances. The highest capped player, both for Connacht and in the PRO12 championship, the 34-year-old has featured in 24 of Connacht’s 26 games so far this season, starting in all but one. As well as the highest number of games, he has played the most minutes in the PRO12 championship’s history.

In January of this year, Muldoon signed a new contract for the 2017/18 season, extending his professional career at Connacht to an impressive 15 seasons.  This current season marks his sixth as captain of the club.

Connacht CEO Willie Ruane paid tribute to Muldoon and the impact he has had on the club and the province:

“So much has been said about John Mul this week and down through the years and he deserves all the accolades and more. He is the ultimate Connacht man and we are truly delighted for him and his family that he has reached this impressive milestone for his home province.

“He is a proud and passionate Connacht man and having taken up rugby in his teens, playing for Neenagh and then Galwegians, he went on to represent Connacht and Ireland. He is the epitome of our Grassroots to Green Shirts vision and a huge inspiration for every young player throughout the province. Indeed, he inspires his own teammates week in week out and has done over the past 14 years with his hard work, determination and respect for the jersey.

“Anyone who knows him will tell you that he is honest and speaks from the heart. He strives to get the best out of himself and he expects the same from everyone around him.

“It’s a massive achievement to play 300 times for any team, particularly your home province, and although I know John will treat it as any other game and prepare as he always does, he should be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved so far in his career.”

 

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Did you know?

  • Connacht’s 22-19 victory at Edinburgh last weekend in the Guinness PRO12 ended a two game losing run.
  • Connacht’s only defeat at the Sportsground in any competition since September was to Munster on 31 December.
  • Connacht’s solitary victory over a fellow Irish province this season was against Ulster in Galway in round 6 of the PRO12.
  • Leinster have won their last seven matches in all competitions since drawing 24-all at Castres in January, whilst their most recent reversal was to Munster in Limerick on St Stephen’s Day –  their only defeat by a fellow Irish province this season.
  • Leinster won 24-13 when the two sides clashed at the RDS Arena in round 7 to reverse the result in last season’s PRO12 final at BT Murrayfield.
  • Connacht have lost just once to Leinster in Galway in the last four encounters: 8-16 in January 2014.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:

Played 29, Connacht won 8, Leinster won 21.

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)

HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS
Date Venue C L Connacht scorers Leinster scorers
Fri 19 Sep 14 Sportsground 10 9 Jack Carty(C/P) Kieran Marmion(T) Ian Madigan(3P)
Fri 19 Dec 14 RDS Arena 11 21 Jack Carty(2P) George Naoupu(T) Jimmy Gopperth(C/3P) Shane Jennings(T) Zane Kirchner(T)
Fri 1 Jan 16 RDS Arena 0 13 Ian Madigan(P) Johnny Sexton(C/P) Josh van der Flier(T)
Sat 26 Mar 16 Sportsground 7 6 Aj MacGinty(C) Kieran Marmion(T) Ian Madigan(2P)
Sat 28 May 16 BT Murrayfield (Final) 20 10 Matt Healy(T) Tiernan O’Halloran(T) Aj MacGinty(C/P) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Sean Cronin(T) Johnny Sexton(C/P)
Sat 29 Oct 16 RDS Arena 13 24 Jack Carty(C) Shane Delahunt(T) Craig Ronaldson(2P) Adam Byrne(T) Barry Daly(T) Isa Nacewa(C/4P)

 

 

 

COMPARISON Connacht Leinster
Last 3 PRO12 results: 25 Mar – Glasgow (A) L 24-35 4 Mar – Scarlets (H) W 45-9
  1 Apr – Zebre (A) L 22-25 25 Mar – Cardiff Blues (H) W 22-21
  7 Apr – Edinburgh (A) W 22-19 8 Apr – Ospreys (A) W 20-18
 
PRO12 2016/17 7th – W9 D0 L10 – 44pts 1st – W16 D0 L3 – 74pts
Last 6 PRO12 form WwWllw (19pts) wWwWWw (28pts)
Top try scorer 6 – Niyi Adeolokun 8 – Joey Carbery
Top points scorer 70 – Jack Carty 85 – Isa Nacewa

 

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)

The Connacht side has been named for tomorrow night’s clash against Edinburgh at Myreside (7.35pm, live on TG4).

There are seven changes to the team beaten in Zebre last weekend with Ireland internationals Tiernan O’Halloran and Kieran Marmion among the players to be drafted into the starting XV.

Set to make his 100th PRO12 appearance, O’Halloran has been among the top full-backs in the competition again this season with the most metres gained and more carries than any other player.

With five personnel changes in the backline, Marmion starts at scrum-half and Niyi Adeolokun, having shaken off a niggle, also returns on the right ring. Danie Poolman switches to the left flank while Steve Crosbie makes his second start for the province at out-half. After making his return from injury off the bench last week, Eoin Griffin is handed a starting place and will partner Bundee Aki in the centres.

There is one change to the front row as Dominic Robertson-McCoy replaces Finlay Bealham with Denis Buckley and Tom McCartney retaining their places.

Quinn Roux and Andrew Browne remain in situ in the second row with Eoin McKeon moving to blindside flanker as Jake Heenan has recovered from a minor shin injury to start at openside flanker. Captain John Muldoon continues at no.8.

Shane Delahunt, JP Cooney and Bealham provide the front row cover with James Cannon, Sean O’Brien, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Josh Rowland completing the replacements.

Ahead of the clash, head coach Pat Lam said: “This is our third away game in a row and after last week’s game in Italy, we have an opportunity to produce a performance we can be proud of.

“Although we have been creating numerous opportunities to score, it is all about making sure we take those chances tomorrow night.

“Edinburgh are always tough, physical opposition and we are looking forward to a big challenge on our first visit to Myreside.”

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Connacht team to face Edinburgh

Friday, April 7, kick off 7.35pm, Myreside

(Connacht caps in brackets)

15           Tiernan O’Halloran (123)

14           Niyi Adeolokun (54)

13           Eoin Griffin (75)

12           Bundee Aki (57)

11           Danie Poolman (81)

10           Steve Crosbie (2)

9           Kieran Marmion (117)

1           Denis Buckley (114)

2           Tom McCartney (61)

3           Dominic Robertson-McCoy (7)

4           Quinn Roux (53)

5           Andrew Browne (151)

6           Eoin McKeon (103)

7           Jake Heenan (50)

8           John Muldoon (298) (captain)

 

Replacements:

16           Shane Delahunt (24)

17           JP Cooney (46)

18           Finlay Bealham (78)

19           James Cannon (14)

20           Sean O’Brien (36)

21           Caolin Blade (41)

22           Jack Carty (77)

23           Josh Rowland (2)

Injured/unavailable:  Ronan Loughney, Conor Carey, Ultan Dillane, Nepia Fox-Matamua, James Connolly, Marnitz Boshoff, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Cian Kelleher, Darragh Leader, Stacey Ili.

Match Officials

Referee: Dan Jones (WRU, 7th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (WRU), Lloyd Linton (SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)

Connacht make the trip to Myreside on Friday night where Pat Lam’s men will be looking to rebound from their loss away to Zebre last weekend. An Irish victory on Scottish soil would all but end Edinburgh Rugby’s mathematical hopes of making the Champions Cup play-offs depending on how Cardiff Blues get on against Ulster Rugby.

See the latest squad update here.

Did you know?

  • Connacht have slipped to back-to-back away defeats in the Guinness PRO12 at Glasgow and at Zebre, but did win twice in Scotland last season, over Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield and against Leinster in the Guinness PRO12 final at the same venue.
  • Connacht have won their last three matches against Edinburgh since the Scotsmen were victorious in Galway in January 2015.
  • Edinburgh Rugby have lost their last six Guinness PRO12 matches since losing to Zebre in Parma on 31 December.
  • Edinburgh’s only victory since their return to Myreside was 49-3 over Timisoara in the European Challenge Cup on 20 January.
  •  Connacht have never visited Myreside before.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record: Played 28, Edinburgh won 14, Connacht won 12 and 2 games drawn.

Friday, April 7

Edinburgh v Connacht, Myreside, 7.35pm (Live on TG4 & BBC Alba)
Referee: Dan Jones (WRU, 7th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (WRU), Lloyd Linton (SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (SRU)
TMO: Alan Falzone (FIR)

HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS
Date Venue E C Edinburgh scorers Connacht scorers
Sat 15 Feb 14 Sportsground 7 11 Roddy Grant(T) Carl Bezuidenhout(C) Dan Parks(P) Michael Swift(T) Craig Ronaldson(P)
Fri 12 Sep 14 BT Murrayfield 13 14 Cornell du Preez(T) Tom Heathcote(C/2P) Willie Faloon(T) Darragh Leader(3P)
Fri 9 Jan 15 Sportsground 16 13 David Denton(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/3P) Miah Nikora(C/2P) Penalty Try(T)
Sat 31 Oct 15 Sportsground 9 14 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(2P) Blair Kinghorn(P) Tiernan O’Halloran(T) Jack Carty(3P)
Fri 4 Mar 16 BT Murrayfield 23 28 Chris Dean(T) Cornell du Preez(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C/2P) Damien Hoyland(T) Eoin McKeon(T) Aj MacGinty(T/C) Jake Heenan(T) Bundee Aki(T) Craig Ronaldson(3C)
Fri 30 Sep 16 Sportsground 15 28 Mike Allen(T) Grant Gilchrist(T) Jason Tovey(C/P) Jack Carty(C/2P) Quinn Roux(T) Niyi Adeolokun(T) Cian Kelleher(T) Peter Robb(T)

 

Weekend Fixtures

Friday, April 7: Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht Rugby (7.35pm, BBC ALBA/TG4); Ulster Rugby v Cardiff Blues (7.35pm, BBC Northern Ireland/BBC Wales).

Saturday, April 8: Zebre Rugby v Newport-Gwent Dragons (2.30pm, Eurosport); Ospreys Rugby v Leinster Rugby (3pm, Sky Sports); Scarlets v Benetton Rugby Treviso (7.35pm, S4C); Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors (7.35pm, TG4/BBC ALBA).

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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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ROUND 3 – PREVIEW (REARRANGED FIXTURE)

Connacht Rugby travel to Italy to take on Zebre Rugby in a fixture that was abandoned in Round 3 due to adverse weather conditions during the game.

What’s at Stake

Both teams come into this game trying to keep alive their mathematical chances of automatic qualification for the Champions Cup. The home team trail Italian rivals Benetton Rugby Treviso by six points while Connacht would need to finish above Scarlets to ensure their place in the Champions Cup on the basis that Glasgow Warriors will qualify as highest-placed Scottish team.

The 2016 Guinness PRO12 champions have won three of their last four games, including a 33-3 win over Zebre in Galway in Round 17

Did you know?

  • This original match on 17 September was abandoned at half time with Connacht leading 22-10.
  • Zebre’s most recent victory was 19-14 over Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield on 28 October, whilst their most recent victory in Parma was against Newport Gwent Dragons in round 22 last year.
  • Connacht were beaten 35-24 in Glasgow in round 18 to stop a run of four successive Guinness PRO12 victories.
  • Connacht have won just twice on the road in the PRO12 this season, both in February, on trips to Cardiff Blues and Benetton Treviso.
  • The two sides have met on fifteen previous occasions in all competitions with Connacht triumphant in each instance.
  • Connacht have already been victorious in Parma this season, having beaten Zebre 52-7 in the second round of the European Champions Cup.

Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record: Played 9, Connacht won 9.

ZEBRE v CONNACHT RUGBY
Saturday April 1st
At Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kick off: 3.30pm local time (2.30pm Ireland & UK)

This game will not be televised due to a clash with an EPCR tournament weekend.

Referee: Mike Adamson (SRU, 6th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Wells (SRU), Emanuele Tomo (FIR)
Citing Commissioner: Roberto Carra (FIR)

HEAD TO HEAD – RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS
Date Venue Z C Zebre scorers Connacht scorers
Sun 23 Feb 14 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 19 27 Alberto Chillon(C) Giovanbattista Venditti(T) Troy Nathan(C) Samuela Vunisa(T) Dries van Schalkwyk(T) Eoin Griffin(T) Kieran Marmion(T) Dan Parks(2C/P) Rodney Ah You(T) Penalty Try(T)
Fri 21 Nov 14 Sportsground 3 43 David Odiete(P) Ian Porter(C/4P) Danie Poolman(T) John Cooney(T) Jack Carty(T/C) Mick Kearney(T) Miah Nikora(C) Penalty Try(T)
Sat 9 May 15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 10 40 Brendon Leonard(T) Luciano Orquera(C/P) Matt Healy(T) Tiernan O’Halloran(T) John Cooney(2T) Jack Carty(3C) Eoghan Masterson(T) Shane O’Leary(T) Conor McKeon(2C)
Fri 16 Oct 15 Sportsground 15 34 Edoardo Padovani(C/P) Johan Meyer(T) Dion Berryman(T) Matt Healy(T) Eoin McKeon(T) Denis Buckley(T) Kieran Marmion(T) Craig Ronaldson(T/3C/P)
Sat 20 Feb 16 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 34 51 Kelly Haimona(T/4C/2P) Johan Meyer(T) Federico Ruzza(T) Dries van Schalkwyk(T) Matt Healy(3T) Aj MacGinty(3C/2P) Kieran Marmion(T) Niyi Adeolokun(2T) Craig Ronaldson(3C/P)
Fri 3 Mar 17 Sportsground 3 33 Guglielmo Palazzani(P) Tiernan O’Halloran(2C) Naulia Dawai(T) John Cooney(C) Niyi Adeolokun(T) John Muldoon(T) Penalty Try(T) Craig Ronaldson(C) Lewis Stevenson(T)

 

 

COMPARISON Zebre Connacht
Last 3 PRO12 results: 3 Mar – Connacht (A) L 3-33 26 Feb – Treviso (A) W 34-19
  11 Mar – Ulster (A) L 21-68 3 Mar – Zebre (H) W 33-3
  25 Mar – Munster (H) L 14-50 25 Mar – Glasgow (A) L 24-35
 
PRO12 2016/17 12th – W1 D0 L16 – 9pts 7th – W8 D0 L9 – 39pts
Last 6 PRO12 form LlLllL (0pts) lwWwWl (18pts)
Top try scorer 4 – Giovanbattista Venditti, Dries van Schalkwyk 6 – Niyi Adeolokun
Top points scorer 66 – Carlo Canna 70 – Jack Carty

 

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

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

Andrew Browne (ankle) has recovered from his ankle injury and will integrate fully into training this week.

Stacey Ili (ankle), Bundee Aki (ankle) and Eoin Griffin (chest) have recovered from their respective injuries and will integrate fully into training this week.

Cian Kelleher (hamstring) has recovered from his hamstring injury and will integrate fully into training this week.

Benetton Treviso v Connacht Rugby
Sunday 26 February
At Stadio Monigo, 1.30pm local time (12.30pm Ireland & UK)

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU, 57th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Davies (WRU), Guiseppe Vivarini (FIR)
Citing Commissioner: Marco Cordelli (FIR)

 

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