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.

 

The Connacht Rugby medical team have issued a squad update ahead of the PRO14 clash away to Zebre on Saturday 02nd of December (K.O. 1:15pm – Live TG4)

 

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

 

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

 

Back Row:
James Connolly will reintegrate into training with the squad this week following his recovery from an ankle injury.

Eoin McKeon injured his hamstring versus Cardiff and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Jake Heenan injured his shoulder versus Cardiff and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

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

Peter Robb will integrate into training with the squad this week following his hip surgery in September.

 

Back Three:
Stacey Ili will integrate into training with the squad this week following a recent shoulder injury.

Rory Scholes is continuing his recovery following the removal of his appendix.

Cormac Brennan will return in early 2018 following shoulder surgery

Our medical team have issued the following update ahead of the home clash with Munster on Friday night (7.35pm).

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Prop:

Dominic Robertson-McCoy has undergone surgery on his thumb after sustaining an injury in the Worcester game and will be out of action until the end of 2017.

JP Cooney sustained an ankle injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

Lock:

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

Back Row:

James Connolly sustained an ankle injury in the game versus Worcester and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Jake Heenan is progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury and will return to action in December.

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

Out-half:

Steve Crosbie will integrate into team training this week following his ankle injury sustained in the Ulster game.

Centre:

Eoin Griffin sustained an injury to his calf in the game versus Worcester and will be monitored by the medical and performance staff this week.

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

Back Three:

Stacey Ili sustained a shoulder injury in the Eagles game versus Ealing and is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Cormac Brennan underwent shoulder surgery last week and will return in early 2018.

 

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce that JP Cooney, Shane Delahunt, Steve Crosbie and Tom Farrell have all signed new contracts for the 2017/18 season.

With five seasons at the Sportsground under his belt, 27-year-old prop Cooney, who can play on both sides of the scrum, has further extended his stay. The Tipperary man featured in 22 games for the province this season and made his 50th appearance against Munster at Thomond Park earlier this month.

Delahunt made 11 appearances in his debut season as a member of the senior squad and started in the highly competitive number two jersey on four occasions. The 24-year-old, who graduated from the Connacht Academy last summer, now has 27 caps to his name. A former Kilkenny College captain, Delahunt represented Ireland at under-20 level in 2014.

24-year-old outhalf Crosbie, who can also play in midfield, joined Connacht in January of this year, following a short stint with Munster. The former Ireland U20’s player has featured in three PRO12 games for Connacht this year and kicked 17 points (six from six) in April’s 22-19 win away to Edinburgh.

The province has further boosted its options at midfield with the contract extension of 23-year-old Farrell. The former Bedford Blues player also joined the province in early 2017 and has made nine appearances since his arrival. Farrell has represented Ireland at U19 and U20 level.

Commenting on the latest contract news, Connacht CEO Willie Ruane said:

“Our squad is taking shape for next season and we’re delighted with the level of retention in the senior ranks. To have continuity up front in the shape of JP and Shane is a great boost and we are excited by what Steve and Tom can add to the squad having only joined us earlier in the year.

“Recruitment remains ongoing as we look to finalise the makeup of our squad for next season.”

Connacht Rugby can also confirm that senior players Conor Carey, Dominic Robertson-McCoy and Stacey Ili have had the second year on their current contracts activated and will remain at the Sportsground for the 2017/18 season.

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)

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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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)

 

Ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 round 15 game at home to Newport Gwent Dragons (7:35pm), the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.

Stacey Ili (ankle) sustained a minor ankle injury in the game v Cardiff and will be monitored by the medical and fitness staff this week. 

Ireland internationals Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion and Tiernan O’Halloran will train with Connacht this week and are all available for selection.

CONNACHT RUGBY v NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS
At the Sportsground, 7.35pm.
Live on TG4 / S4C                            

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU, 146th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Adam Jones (WRU), Shane Kierans (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (IRFU)
TMO:  Charles Samson (SRU)

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