Connacht Rugby in partnership with BLK Sport, have today unveiled their new home jersey ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The new jerseys are made with BLK’s exclusive Exotek fabric throughout the main body bound with reinforced cover stitch and lycra paneling. Exotek was created exclusively by BLK to enhance athlete performance, while maximising player comfort and maneuverability. 

This year’s jersey maintains its traditional Connacht green look and feel with the introduction of horizontal tonal green and fluro lines, and with fluro piping detailing inspired by the “Grassroots to Green Shirts” vision of Connacht Rugby.  The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.

The Connacht team will wear the jersey for the first time at the preseason fixtures away to Brive on August 10th and at home to Wasps at Dubarry Park, Athlone on August 18th. 

Commenting on the unveiling of the new jersey, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Brian Mahony said: “The challenge for BLK was to deliver a jersey that represents Connacht Rugby both on and off the field and yet again they have delivered on both fronts. The unveiling of a new home jersey for Connacht Rugby is always a hugely anticipated event. We expect that this jersey will be particularly popular due to its striking green tone and unique design. As we approach the new season this jersey will be worn with great pride by players on the field and by supporters off it.”

Commenting on the new Connacht Rugby range, Bruce Wood, Brand Manager at BLK Sport, said: “We’re delighted to see the new Connacht Rugby home jersey come to life, we’ve worked closely with Connacht management to develop a new range that we feel the fans will really enjoy. We’ve seen a positive reaction to some of the new styles that have been introduced in to the range. There is a great excitement at the club this pre-season and we’re looking forward to a successful season ahead.”

Commenting on the unveiling of the new Connacht Rugby home jersey, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager at Intersport Elverys said: “It’s fantastic to continue our close relationship with Connacht Rugby. We are proud to be Title Sponsors and Official Retail Partners for the third season. The new home jersey will be available in 22 stores across our network and online along with the new training range which offers fans their favourite styles in fresh new designs, with more to come. We have some exciting competitions and events planned for all supporters as well as exclusive benefits for season ticket holders. We want to wish the team and management the best of luck on the field for the 2018/19 season.”

The new home jersey and training range are exclusively available at Intersport Elverys and online at www.elverys.ie from Friday 3rd August at 10am.

 

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.”

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to announce that back row Robin Copeland will join the province at the end of the current season. Copeland has made over 60 appearances for Munster during four seasons with the club and previously played over 50 times with the Cardiff Blues. He will join Connacht on a two year contract.

At international level, Copeland was capped for the Irish Senior International side when he made his debut against Georgia in November 2014. The back row has also represented the Irish Wolfhounds and Emerging Ireland sides.

Welcoming the signing of Robin Copeland, CEO of Connacht Rugby Willie Ruane said: “Robin is a player we have had on our radar for quite a while and we are delighted to have secured his signing ahead of the 2018/19 season. Robin brings incredible athletic ability and rugby experience to our squad and he will be a valuable player for us as we target further success in the season ahead. We are confident that he will be a great addition to Connacht both on and off the field.”

Commenting on his signing for Connacht, Robin Copeland added: “I have really enjoyed my four seasons with Munster and I would really like to thank everyone for my time there. I am now looking forward to the next challenge and an exciting future with Connacht. I have been really impressed with what has been achieved in Connacht and I am determined to be part of further success there. The club is well known for the importance it places on community and I look forward to representing them when I join up with the squad next season.”

 

 

 

After signing his contract extension, Kieran Marmion talks about his rise from Connacht Academy to Irish International, his highlights so far and plans for the future.

 

The IRFU and Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Irish international scrum half Kieran Marmion has extended his contract with Connacht up to the end of the 2019/20 season. Marmion joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 and since his arrival in the Sportsground he has made over 130 appearances for Connacht, winning a PRO12 Championship medal in 2016. The 25 year old has also earned 18 international caps for Ireland. His contract extension will now take him beyond the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

 

Commenting on the signing, Connacht Rugby CEO, Willie Ruane said: “Kieran has been an outstanding player for us since he joined the Connacht Academy in 2011. As a Connacht player he has earned 18 caps for Ireland and we are extremely proud of his achievements for club and country. Kieran is ambitious about what Connacht can achieve in the coming years and we are delighted that he has extended his contract with the province.”

 

Commenting on his contract extension, Kieran Marmion added: “Since joining the Connacht Academy I have received great guidance from coaches and management in the club and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date. As a squad, we are excited about the coming seasons and are working towards bringing more success to the province. With the World Cup in 2019 only around the corner, I hope to be involved in the Irish squad in the years to come.”

 

Our medical team have issued the following update ahead of the clash away to Cardiff Blues on Friday night  (K.O. at 7:35pm).

Prop:
JP Cooney has returned to training following his ankle injury in October.

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

 

Lock:
Gavin Thornbury has reintegrated into full training following his calf injury versus the Cheetahs.

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

 

Back Row:
Eoin McKeon will integrate fully into training this week following a recent hamstring injury.

Jake Heenan will integrate fully into training this week following a recent knee injury.

James Connolly is progressing well in his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in October and will return to training in the coming weeks.

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:
Eoin Griffin has returned to full training with the squad this week following his calf injury.

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

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

 

Back Three:
Stacey Ili is progressing well in his recovery from a recent shoulder injury and will return to training in early December.

Rory Scholes had his appendix removed last week and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Cormac Brennan will return in early 2018 following shoulder surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Quinn Roux and John Muldoon have been selected in the match squad to play Tonga on Friday in Thomond Park.

Quinn is set to start in the second row, while our skipper will be among the replacements.

 

Bundee is set to make his Ireland debut on Saturday evening as he is named in the starting XV to face South Africa. He is joined in the matchday 23 by Kieran Marmion who is named among the replacements.

 

Best of luck lads.

 

 

Ireland Team & Replacements (v South Africa, Guinness Series 2017, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, November 11, 5.30pm)

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 76 caps
14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 3 caps
13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 29 caps
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) uncapped
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 2 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 66 caps
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 57 caps

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 70 caps
2. Rory Best (c) (Banbridge/Ulster) 104 caps
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 16 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 32 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 50 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 40 caps
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 49 caps
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 15 caps

Replacements
16. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 1 cap
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 20 caps
18. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 9 caps
19. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
20. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 16 caps
21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 16 caps
22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 4 caps
23. Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster) uncapped

 

Kieran Keane and his players were out in the community yesterday morning on a visit to Ballinasloe. Players gave a coaching masterclass in Garbally College lead by former pupils Tiernan O’Halloran and Peter Claffey.

 

Head Coach Kieran Keane and his players were the star attraction for the fully subscribed exclusive Season Ticket Holder night in the Sportsground on Thursday night.

 

Ahead of the victory against the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday night, fans were treated to a feature interview with KK on stage where he spoke about his playing and coaching career, his passion for rugby, how he ended up in the West of Ireland along with some hilarious stories featuring his cat, “Thunder”.

 

With all the Senior squad in attendance it was an opportunity for the players to personally thank Season Ticket Holders for their unwavering support so far this season. Fans also heard from Finlay Bealham, Jake Heenan and captain John Muldoon who took part in a panel discussion.

 

Complimentary food and drinks along with close-up magic, music, comedy, food and spot prizes made for a great night. The event is one of a number of other exclusive events that will be taking place throughout the season including an afternoon event on Sunday 16th December, where Santa Claus will be the special guest! 

 

 

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