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#Andy Friend

# andy-friend - Sunday 24 April, 2022

'You can never doubt the fight and energy that we have within the group'
# Grind
# Grind

'You can never doubt the fight and energy that we have within the group'

Apr 24th 2022, 9:38 AM 6,726 Views 1 Comment

Connacht head coach Andy Friend insists his players will only get better after rare victory away in South Africa.

# andy-friend - Saturday 23 April, 2022

Connacht have one eye on next season, but Friend will demand response after Champions Cup exit

Connacht have one eye on next season, but Friend will demand response after Champions Cup exit

Apr 23rd 2022, 7:45 AM 3,753 Views 0 Comments

The province are in Johannesburg to take on the Emirates Lions today.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

Andy Friend: 'Let’s be the first team to have a clean sweep against the South African sides'
# Rugby
# Rugby

Andy Friend: 'Let’s be the first team to have a clean sweep against the South African sides'

Apr 20th 2022, 6:30 AM 3,546 Views 0 Comments

The Connacht coach has eye on next season but also sets lofty target.

# andy-friend - Monday 18 April, 2022

Connacht wait for one more signing but Friend is 'really happy' with his squad
# Bouncing Back
# Bouncing Back

Connacht wait for one more signing but Friend is 'really happy' with his squad

Apr 18th 2022, 9:07 AM 13,096 Views 21 Comments

Captain and out-half Jack Carty is hopeful the players can cut out their habit of making consecutive errors.

# andy-friend - Friday 8 April, 2022

'I thought it was a yellow' - Connacht boss Friend agrees with big referee call
# High Tackle
# High Tackle

'I thought it was a yellow' - Connacht boss Friend agrees with big referee call

Apr 8th 2022, 11:20 PM 14,720 Views 12 Comments

The Connacht head coach will take some encouragement despite the defeat to Leinster.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 6 April, 2022

Friend calls on Connacht's internationals to set the tone across Leinster double-header
# Up Against It
# Up Against It

Friend calls on Connacht's internationals to set the tone across Leinster double-header

Apr 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 5,308 Views 4 Comments

The province host Leo Cullen’s side in Galway in the first leg of the Champions Cup round of 16 this weekend.

# andy-friend - Saturday 26 March, 2022

High stakes for Connacht as Friend's side hope to deliver first blow in Leinster trilogy
# Derby Day
# Derby Day

High stakes for Connacht as Friend's side hope to deliver first blow in Leinster trilogy

Mar 26th 2022, 6:30 AM 5,127 Views 6 Comments

Connacht and Leinster will play each other three times over the next four weeks, starting with tonight’s URC clash in Galway.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

'Everyone will be saying he's the next Mack Hansen' - Connacht excited about additions
# Signings
# Signings

'Everyone will be saying he's the next Mack Hansen' - Connacht excited about additions

Mar 23rd 2022, 6:30 AM 16,391 Views 7 Comments

Andy Friend is enthused by Leinster players deciding to switch to Connacht.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 22 March, 2022

'It was pretty embarrassing' - Connacht must bounce back to save URC season
# Harsh Lessons
# Harsh Lessons

'It was pretty embarrassing' - Connacht must bounce back to save URC season

Mar 22nd 2022, 3:44 PM 7,342 Views 0 Comments

Head coach Andy Friend and club captain Jarrad Butler were honest about the defeat in Edinburgh.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 15 March, 2022

David Hawkshaw latest Leinster player to make the move to Connacht
# Heading West
# Heading West

David Hawkshaw latest Leinster player to make the move to Connacht

Mar 15th 2022, 10:29 AM 13,820 Views 27 Comments

The Leinster back will move to The Sportsground ahead of next season.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Connacht captain Jarrad Butler signs two-year contract extension
# Signed Up
# Signed Up

Connacht captain Jarrad Butler signs two-year contract extension

Mar 9th 2022, 10:40 AM 4,233 Views 1 Comment

The back row is staying at The Sportsground until at least the end of the 2023/24 season.

# andy-friend - Monday 7 March, 2022

Connacht announce new contract renewals for Burke and Porch
# Go West
# Go West

Connacht announce new contract renewals for Burke and Porch

Mar 7th 2022, 6:14 PM 4,545 Views 6 Comments

The province are also set to make further announcements on the squad for next season in the coming days.

# andy-friend - Saturday 5 March, 2022

'We are fighters': Connacht know they must bounce back as play-off fight looms
# Crunch Time
# Crunch Time

'We are fighters': Connacht know they must bounce back as play-off fight looms

Mar 5th 2022, 9:49 AM 6,079 Views 17 Comments

Andy Friend’s side shipped 56 points in a shocking collapse against Edinburgh.

# andy-friend - Sunday 27 February, 2022

'We call them our bouncers' - Friend praises impact of Connacht bench in Stormers win
# Reinforcements
# Reinforcements

'We call them our bouncers' - Friend praises impact of Connacht bench in Stormers win

Feb 27th 2022, 11:41 AM 4,160 Views 2 Comments

It’s the second week in a row Connacht have come from ten points adrift to secure victory.

# andy-friend - Saturday 5 February, 2022

Friend rues lack of control as Connacht's slump continues with fourth defeat
# Empty-Handed
# Empty-Handed

Friend rues lack of control as Connacht's slump continues with fourth defeat

Feb 5th 2022, 10:15 AM 5,663 Views 6 Comments

‘At this stage, with every loss, we’re making life ever more tricky.’

# andy-friend - Saturday 29 January, 2022

Andy Friend: 'If we play like that against Ulster, they'll put 60 or 70 on us’
# Warning Shot
# Warning Shot

Andy Friend: 'If we play like that against Ulster, they'll put 60 or 70 on us’

Jan 29th 2022, 6:13 PM 8,851 Views 5 Comments

The Connacht coach was reacting to his side’s 42-20 defeat to Glasgow this afternoon.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Friend doesn't want Connacht to limp into Champions Cup knockout stages
# Winning Habit
# Winning Habit

Friend doesn't want Connacht to limp into Champions Cup knockout stages

Jan 19th 2022, 2:17 PM 3,786 Views 4 Comments

Connacht will qualify automatically on Friday night unless Castres get a bonus point win away to English champions Harlequins

# andy-friend - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

'He’s been outstanding all year' - Friend backs Marmion for Ireland recall
# Stepping Up
# Stepping Up

'He’s been outstanding all year' - Friend backs Marmion for Ireland recall

Jan 12th 2022, 7:15 AM 4,941 Views 11 Comments

The scrum-half was last capped at Test level in November 2020.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 11 January, 2022

Mack Hansen to miss Connacht's Champions Cup clash with Leicester Tigers
# Setback
# Setback

Mack Hansen to miss Connacht's Champions Cup clash with Leicester Tigers

Jan 11th 2022, 2:18 PM 5,408 Views 4 Comments

The winger is unavailable after aggravating a calf injury in training.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 29 December, 2021

Friend hails 'really positive step' of URC appointing referee manager
# OFFICIAL
# OFFICIAL

Friend hails 'really positive step' of URC appointing referee manager

Dec 29th 2021, 6:30 AM 5,075 Views 4 Comments

Former Test referee Tappe Henning was announced in the role earlier this month.

# andy-friend - Thursday 23 December, 2021

Tom Daly commits to Connacht with new two-year deal
# Extension
# Extension

Tom Daly commits to Connacht with new two-year deal

Dec 23rd 2021, 11:51 AM 6,578 Views 9 Comments

The province’s Players’ Player of the Year for 2020/21 had been linked with a move to Munster.

# andy-friend - Monday 20 December, 2021

Friend looks to positives despite defeat at Leicester
# More To Come
# More To Come

Friend looks to positives despite defeat at Leicester

Dec 20th 2021, 6:30 AM 2,719 Views 0 Comments

Connacht took a losing bonus point from Welford Road on Sunday.

# andy-friend - Sunday 19 December, 2021

'We didn’t come here to get a losing bonus point, we came here to win'
# Let It Slip
# Let It Slip

'We didn’t come here to get a losing bonus point, we came here to win'

Dec 19th 2021, 4:33 PM 11,665 Views 3 Comments

Connacht head coach Andy Friend was disappointed his team didn’t take more than a losing point from Welford Road.

Connacht have tools to trouble revitalised Leicester at Welford Road

Connacht have tools to trouble revitalised Leicester at Welford Road

Dec 19th 2021, 6:30 AM 5,833 Views 5 Comments

The hosts are missing some key players for today’s Champions Cup fixture.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 15 December, 2021

'For a lot of our blokes this will be the biggest stage they've been on'
# Stepping Up
# Stepping Up

'For a lot of our blokes this will be the biggest stage they've been on'

Dec 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 7,567 Views 2 Comments

Connacht are preparing for a trip to play Premiership leaders Leicester Tigers on Sunday.

# andy-friend - Saturday 11 December, 2021

'You don’t ever want to go through that, wondering will or won't she live. It was traumatic'
# You've Got A Friend
# You've Got A Friend

'You don’t ever want to go through that, wondering will or won't she live. It was traumatic'

Dec 11th 2021, 8:00 AM 34,796 Views 7 Comments

The Connacht coach reflects on the two horrific accidents that have shaped his life and career.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 8 December, 2021

'We belong here, I don’t think it's a bridge too far for us'
# Belief
# Belief

'We belong here, I don’t think it's a bridge too far for us'

Dec 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,060 Views 1 Comment

Connacht head coach Andy Friend believes his squad are in a good place ahead of a new Champions Cup campaign.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

'They have brilliant individuals' - Connacht prepare for Stade Francais challenge
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

'They have brilliant individuals' - Connacht prepare for Stade Francais challenge

Dec 7th 2021, 3:16 PM 3,218 Views 1 Comment

The province host the French side at the Sportsground on Sunday.

# andy-friend - Monday 6 December, 2021

'I believe our game style can do some damage' - Connacht turn focus to Champions Cup
# Positive Thinking
# Positive Thinking

'I believe our game style can do some damage' - Connacht turn focus to Champions Cup

Dec 6th 2021, 6:30 AM 4,704 Views 11 Comments

Andy Friend is confident his squad have the tools to compete in Europe this season.

# andy-friend - Saturday 4 December, 2021

'I question whether we had that belief' - Friend reflects on a difficult night for Connacht
# Room To Improve
# Room To Improve

'I question whether we had that belief' - Friend reflects on a difficult night for Connacht

Dec 4th 2021, 6:30 AM 7,433 Views 13 Comments

Andy Friend saw his side leak seven tries after taking an early lead against Leinster.

# andy-friend - Saturday 27 November, 2021

Andy Friend plans to keep Connacht focussed in face of uncertainty
# Friendly Advice
# Friendly Advice

Andy Friend plans to keep Connacht focussed in face of uncertainty

Nov 27th 2021, 9:13 AM 5,707 Views 4 Comments

After the postponement of eight games in the URC yesterday, doubts and fears exist about how the new Covid variant could impact the season’s schedule.

# andy-friend - Thursday 25 November, 2021

Summer signing Shayne Bolton handed Connacht debut against Ospreys
# Shayne's World
# Shayne's World

Summer signing Shayne Bolton handed Connacht debut against Ospreys

Nov 25th 2021, 12:27 PM 9,277 Views 2 Comments

The 21-year-old South African — who is Irish qualified through his Dublin grandmother — starts in midfield alongside Sammy Arnold.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Friend hails new deal for 'special' Carty as a statement of Connacht's intent
# A Friend In Need
# A Friend In Need

Friend hails new deal for 'special' Carty as a statement of Connacht's intent

Nov 23rd 2021, 2:58 PM 3,613 Views 5 Comments

The 29-year-old Ireland out-half has shunned interest from elsewhere to sign a three-year extension.

# andy-friend - Friday 22 October, 2021

Connacht lose Aki to injury as Ulster welcome back some big guns
# Derby
# Derby

Connacht lose Aki to injury as Ulster welcome back some big guns

Oct 22nd 2021, 12:14 PM 7,481 Views 6 Comments

The Ireland centre has picked up a knee injury but should be back in training next week.

# andy-friend - Thursday 21 October, 2021

'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'
# Canberra To Connacht
# Canberra To Connacht

'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'

Oct 21st 2021, 7:30 PM 25,994 Views 11 Comments

Irish-qualified back Mack Hansen has made a strong start to life with Connacht.

# andy-friend - Monday 18 October, 2021

Friend: 'We don’t have a referees’ manager, so I’m assuming that URC will be looking at that'
# Irked
# Irked

Friend: 'We don’t have a referees’ manager, so I’m assuming that URC will be looking at that'

Oct 18th 2021, 7:30 AM 11,028 Views 42 Comments

Connacht coach has asked URC to appoint a referees’ manager in aftermath of Saturday’s controversial defeat.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Tom Farrell's impressive return boosts Connacht's centre stocks
# Take Your Pick
# Take Your Pick

Tom Farrell's impressive return boosts Connacht's centre stocks

Oct 6th 2021, 7:30 AM 5,163 Views 2 Comments

The 28-year-old has impressed since returning from a long-term injury.

'It happens too much' - Friend says Connacht deserve more respect
# Frustrated
# Frustrated

'It happens too much' - Friend says Connacht deserve more respect

Oct 6th 2021, 6:00 AM 3,409 Views 5 Comments

The Connacht head coach has passionately defended the club following disparaging comments by Bulls boss Jake White.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

'People look at Connacht down the end of their nose' - Friend responds to comments by Bulls boss
# No Respect
# No Respect

'People look at Connacht down the end of their nose' - Friend responds to comments by Bulls boss

Oct 5th 2021, 3:00 PM 21,173 Views 23 Comments

The province have also confirmed the signing of Samoa international loosehead Tietie Tuimauga.

# andy-friend - Saturday 2 October, 2021

Andy Friend: ‘There is relief and with relief comes belief, there is so much more to come’
# Statement
# Statement

Andy Friend: ‘There is relief and with relief comes belief, there is so much more to come’

Oct 2nd 2021, 7:37 AM 4,323 Views 4 Comments

Connacht are seeking to build on last night’s thumping win over the Bulls.

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