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Dublin: 4 °C Monday 14 October, 2019

#Andy Friend

# 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

Connacht sign exciting Australian Sevens wing Reaquainted This post contains videos

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.

# andy-friend - Saturday 4 May, 2019

From Queanbeyan to Barna: Family man Fainga'a shines in Connacht

The openside flanker has become a key player for Andy Friend’s side since joining from the Rebels.

# andy-friend - Friday 3 May, 2019

Confident Connacht back 'feared' scrum but wary of Ulster 'menace' Coetzee

The inter-provincial Pro14 quarter-final in Belfast promises to be a cracker.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 1 May, 2019

No 'Mad Monday' for Connacht as Friend's men continue to set new PBs

The western province believe they haven’t shown their full potential yet this season.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Marmion or Blade? Big call for Andy Friend in Connacht's nine jersey

The Connacht boss says ‘it will be tough’ to make a decision at scrum-half.

# andy-friend - Monday 29 April, 2019

Connacht ready for shot at Ulster as Friend's men advance 'in good shape'

Winning at Kingspan Stadium earlier in the season gives the westerners confidence they can repeat the trick on Saturday.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Connacht's Roux in fitness battle ahead of Pro14 quarter-final

The second row continues to battle a virus but Finlay Bealham has made a remarkable recovery and could return against Munster this weekend.

# andy-friend - Monday 15 April, 2019

Champions Cup return only the start for Friend's Connacht

‘This is not the ceiling, there is still growth in us’.

# andy-friend - Saturday 13 April, 2019

'It means a lot to all of us, it means a lot to the west of Ireland'

Connacht will be back in the top-flight of European rugby next season for the first time since 2016/17.

# andy-friend - Friday 12 April, 2019

Friend names Connacht team for season-defining Cardiff showdown

Saturday’s clash at the Sportsground is a sell-out as the province bid to secure a Pro14 play-off berth.

# andy-friend - Saturday 6 April, 2019

Crunch time for Connacht as they chase first Pro14 play-off since 2016

The province have lost on their last two visits to Parma, and can ill-afford to slip-up against Zebre today.

# andy-friend - Saturday 30 March, 2019

Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale

Andy Friend’s side will fly home with regrets after their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

# andy-friend - Friday 29 March, 2019

Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury

The tighthead prop suffered a serious hand injury in the defeat to Sale Sharks.

# andy-friend - Thursday 28 March, 2019

Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final

Andy Friend has recalled some big guns but rested others for the trip to Sale Sharks.

Connacht continue to grow under Friend as they fight on two fronts

“We’ve got to keep both dreams alive and keep pushing for both.”

# andy-friend - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

'Everything he touches seems to turn to gold': Carty's rich vein of form

Andy Friend says the out-half’s confidence is spreading in the Connacht dressing room.

Roux a major doubt as Connacht look to rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final

Andy Friend’s side are fighting on two fronts and the head coach will look to shuffle his pack for Friday’s trip to Sale Sharks.

# andy-friend - Friday 22 March, 2019

Jack Carty emerges from the bench to help steer Connacht to victory against Benetton

Carty’s late converted try made him become Connacht’s all-time top scorer, surpassing Ian Keatley’s record.

Connacht clash with one of the other most-improved teams in the Pro14

Italian side Benetton are the visitors to Galway this evening.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Carty, Marmion and Dillane back to boost Connacht for Italian job

Andy Friend will have three of his Ireland internationals back in harness for Friday’s visit of Benetton.

# andy-friend - Friday 1 March, 2019

Connacht boosted by return of Ireland quartet for Ospreys visit

Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux and Tom Farrell all start at the Sportsground on Saturday, while Caolin Blade is among the replacements.

# andy-friend - Sunday 17 February, 2019

'This bloke beside me controlled the game': Friend singles Carty out for praise after Connacht's late win

Friend’s men secured a late win against the Toyota Cheetahs at the Sportsground on Saturday.

# andy-friend - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Late try from Jarrad Butler sees Connacht past Cheetahs and into third spot

A late penalty from Jack Carty and an even later try from Butler saw Andy Friend’s men prevail.

# andy-friend - Saturday 26 January, 2019

Late Boyle try means Connacht make do with losing bonus point against gutsy Cardiff

The replacement back row’s late try ensured the Irish province left Wales with a losing bonus point.

Connacht a victim of their own success for crunch Cardiff clash

Andy Friend is without six players on international duty for Pro14 trip to Wales.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Connacht coaching ticket extend contracts to remain at Sportsground until 2021

Andy Friend hailed the ‘exceptional team’ of Carolan, Duffy and Wilkins as Connacht return to top form.

# andy-friend - Sunday 20 January, 2019

'To win in France is a great achievement': Friend and Connacht march on

The western province snatched a dramatic comeback win over Bordeaux to book their place in the Challenge Cup last eight.

# andy-friend - Saturday 19 January, 2019

'It needs to be a win': Friend's Connacht head to France with a clear focus

The western province can round off an excellent week by securing a Challenge Cup quarter-final berth today.

# andy-friend - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Friend introduces new mentor programme to aid player development at Connacht

The head coach has seen the benefits of the initiative in other high-performance programmes around the world.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

'I'd like to think I'm ready for the next step but it's up to the coaches to decide'

Tom Farrell is hoping to receive his first Ireland call-up when Joe Schmidt reveals his squad for Ireland’s Grand Slam defence today.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

'He wouldn't let his country down': Friend backs Blade to earn Ireland call

The Connacht scrum-half has been in outstanding form for his province this season.

# andy-friend - Sunday 13 January, 2019

Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands

A win in Bordeaux next weekend will guarantee a quarter-final spot in the Challenge Cup.

# andy-friend - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win

Andy Friend’s men head to Bordeaux in round six with a quarter-final within their grasp.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Connacht head coach has no fears about them becoming a development province again

Andy Friend spoke on the topic after Cian Kelleher’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday.

# andy-friend - Saturday 5 January, 2019

As it happened: Connacht v Munster, Guinness Pro14 Inter-pro This post contains videos

As it happened: Connacht v Munster, Guinness Pro14

We brought you the minute-by-minute action from the Sportsground this evening.

# andy-friend - Friday 4 January, 2019

Healy back and Daly debuts for Connacht, but Aki absent for Munster clash

The Westerners are also without captain Jarrad Butler for the third round of seasonal inter-pros.

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