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#Andy Friend

# andy-friend - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Connacht hope Bealham's season isn't over following surgery on fractured ankle

The prop suffered the injury in last Friday’s defeat to Edinburgh.

# andy-friend - Saturday 22 February, 2020

'We are chasing now' - Friend admits Connacht face uphill battle after Edinburgh loss

The head coach also provided an update on prop Finlay Bealham, who was taken off on a stretcher in the opening minutes.

# andy-friend - Friday 21 February, 2020

Can't beat their Irish rivals, lethal against everyone else

The reason Connacht aren’t flying higher in the Pro14 comes down to their four-game losing streak in this season’s inter-pros.

# andy-friend - Thursday 20 February, 2020

Connacht make four changes but Ireland's Heffernan and Dillane unavailable

Denis Buckley, Shane Delahunt, Joe Maksymiw and Niall Murray all come into the starting XV.

# andy-friend - Monday 17 February, 2020

Friend aiming for Pro14 knockouts as Connacht end losing streak

The western province defeated Cardiff 29-0 on Saturday, their first shut-out since 2001.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Friend and Connacht on the lookout to fill void to be left by 'immense' Fainga'a

The Australian openside proved a shrewd signing for the Westerners.

# andy-friend - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Connacht's Marmion sets out to ensure he's not Ireland's forgotten man at 9

The scrum-half returns to the Connacht team for the first time since November against Montpellier today.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

Connacht head coach Friend urges Leinster's fringe players to try other provinces

The Australian believes it would benefit everyone if those down Leo Cullen’s pecking order got game time elsewhere.

# andy-friend - Monday 13 January, 2020

Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe

The Australian also welcomed news confirming €20 million-worth of grants to go towards the Sportsground’s redevelopment.

# andy-friend - Saturday 11 January, 2020

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'

After last week’s unraveling in Leinster, Andy Friend was pleased with how his side took on another European Cup favourite.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Connacht boosted by return of nine players for Toulouse clash

Bundee Aki and Jack Carty are among a raft of players in line to play this weekend as Andy Friend’s side bid to keep their slim European hopes alive.

# andy-friend - Monday 6 January, 2020

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle

Head coach Andy Friend is keen to bolster his squad with some of the talent floating under the radar in Leinster.

# andy-friend - Sunday 5 January, 2020

'We don't need four young fellas doing it, we need 23 blokes doing it'

The effort from unheralded prospects was one of very few positives Andy Friend could take from last night’s loss to Leinster.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

McAllister's citing dismissal 'good for rugby' according to Connacht boss Friend

‘I totally get that we need to protect the player, but we play a collision sport where accidents do happen.’

# andy-friend - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

Connacht struggle for numbers but insist Carty and Aki must be rested

Friend says he is keen to give them time to rest up after a hectic few months.

# andy-friend - Saturday 28 December, 2019

'We burnt a lot of fuel there for no reward' - Friend rues Connacht's missed opportunities

Ulster came out on top in the interpro showdown.

# andy-friend - Thursday 26 December, 2019

'You stop and you think, ‘There’s far more to life than a footy game''

Connacht coach Andy Friend tells The42 about his nomadic coaching journey.

# andy-friend - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht

The head coach took delight in the simplicity of Connacht’s expertly executed winning try.

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win

Late tries from Shane Delahunt and Robin Copeland turned the game on its head in a frenetic finale.

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester

The western province were unable to claim a point on their travels and Andy Friend can feel his resources getting tighter.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Fainga’a adds to Connacht's injury woes as flanker to miss Gloucester and Munster games

Head coach Andy Friend will also be without Tiernan O’Halloran and Kieran Marmion for the games.

# andy-friend - Monday 9 December, 2019

‘Last year he was the man’: Friend backs Carty to trust his basics and return to peak

The out-half is under increasing pressure from Conor Fitzgerald.

# andy-friend - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims

‘Instead of captialising on the half-time lead, we give an interception and given them a reason to believe.’

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester

John Porch and Jack Carty helped the Westerners to a half-time lead, but it unravelled from there.

# andy-friend - Sunday 1 December, 2019

'We have unfinished business': Bundee's debt to Connacht and to Ireland

“Bundee epitomises everything about Connacht,” coach Andy Friend says following Kings victory.

# andy-friend - Friday 29 November, 2019

Aki, Adeolokun and Buckley return to Connacht XV for Kings clash

Andy Friend’s side face the South Africans in Galway tomorrow.

# andy-friend - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Connacht positive that new Bundee Aki deal is 'getting closer every day'

The 29-year-old Ireland international has been negotiating with the IRFU.

# andy-friend - Friday 22 November, 2019

Friend shuffles his pack for Connacht team to face Toulouse

The province are looking to back up a brilliant win against Montpellier last week.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

'He's brilliant' - Blade pushes Ireland claims as Boyle shines for Connacht

22-year-old Conor Fitzgerald is another youngster impressing for Andy Friend’s side.

# andy-friend - Monday 18 November, 2019

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts

The western province now have 16 players out injured.

# andy-friend - Sunday 17 November, 2019

'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'

Andy Friend’s Connacht will have a ‘red-hot crack’ at Toulouse after beating Montpellier.

# andy-friend - Friday 15 November, 2019

Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier

The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.

# andy-friend - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Marmion out for 3-4 weeks as depleted Connacht prepare for Montpellier

The return of Ultan Dillane is a welcome boost for Andy Friend.

# andy-friend - Saturday 9 November, 2019

'It could easily have been 70 points, but it wasn't, that's the one bit of solace we'll take'

Connacht were hit for six and suffered more injuries in key positions.

# andy-friend - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Connacht can lean on 2015/16 template for inspiration

The province won their first ever trophy in a year where the post-World Cup fallout hit others hardest.

# andy-friend - Friday 27 September, 2019

21-year-old Fitzgerald at 10, Marmion and Dillane held in reserve for Connacht's visit to Scarlets

Andy Friend has shown his hand for the Pro14 opener, with ex-Ulster prop Paddy McAllister set to make his competitive debut.

# andy-friend - Thursday 15 August, 2019

Bealham and Dillane travel to France with Connacht after World Cup disappointment

The pair are set to feature for Andy Friend’s side against Oyonnax tomorrow.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

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Connacht sign exciting Australian Sevens wing

Head coach Andy Friend has previously worked with 25-year-old John Porch.

# andy-friend - Monday 6 May, 2019

Connacht still to announce three new signings, including a NIQ player

The western province’s head coach, Andy Friend, confirmed that more announcements are on the way.

# andy-friend - Sunday 5 May, 2019

'That hurt will be turned into positive energy and we'll be better next year'

Andy Friend’s Connacht were left disappointed as they lost to Ulster in the Pro14 quarter-finals.

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