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#Andy Friend

# andy-friend - Monday 26 October, 2020

Friend hails Connacht's control after big win in Edinburgh

‘I love the fact that the players, when they got into the red zone backed themselves and executed.’

# andy-friend - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

'It's one of our targets' - Friend hoping for strong Connacht crop in Ireland squad

Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty will hope to be back in the international fold.

# andy-friend - Monday 5 October, 2020

Wootton, Sullivan and Porch make up a 'pretty neat package' for Connacht

Andy Friend has been pleased with how his new back three has gelled so far.

# andy-friend - Saturday 3 October, 2020

'He's got genuine belief, Bundee. That's something other players feed off'

Connacht boss Andy Friend was pleased with how his side sorted out their discipline against Glasgow.

# andy-friend - Friday 2 October, 2020

Aki in place as Connacht welcome Glasgow to Galway

Andy Friend is able to field his strongest available side as his team bid to bounce back from their ‘A’ defeat to Munster.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Friend 'surprised, disappointed' by warm-up woes as Connacht ramp up to face Glasgow

“I know we’ve got the talent,” Friend said as he looked back on a heavy A inter-pro loss to Munster, “to me it’s a mental thing.”

# andy-friend - Sunday 30 August, 2020

'He just needs to lower the body height': Connacht coach Friend takes red card calls on the chin

‘We’ve got to be much smarter than that,’ said the frustrated Connacht coach.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 25 August, 2020

Coaches knowing when to be hands on (and hands off) key in Connacht's impressive start

Andy Friend’s coaching ticket formalised some processes in their training week, but left players to their own devices come matchday.

# andy-friend - Monday 24 August, 2020

Connacht energiser Bundee Aki delivers something 'really special'

Head coach Andy Friend was also pleased with his Ireland international halfback pairing.

# andy-friend - Sunday 23 August, 2020

'You know he's a competitor, but this is a new level for Kieran'

The first half of Kieran Marmion’s season was an emotional rollercoaster, but he looks like a player in his prime after the summer break.

Friend's impressive Connacht notch deserved bonus-point win over Ulster

Bundee Aki scored a powerful try on his 100th appearance for the province.

# andy-friend - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

'He'll be a pretty hard man to stop' - Friend relishing chance to unleash Aki on rugby's restart

The Ireland international will earn his 100th Connacht cap this weekend when the Pro14 resumes.

# andy-friend - Sunday 2 August, 2020

'That will be one of the big aims this year - to try and get back in with Ireland'

Connacht hooker Dave Heffernan is determined to add to his one Ireland cap.

# andy-friend - Monday 27 July, 2020

The Connacht depth chart: Andy Friend's 43-man senior squad

The western province have several new faces in their squad ahead of next month’s restart.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Connacht confirm signings of Aussie 7s international and Kiwi number eight

Andy Friend has added Ben O’Donnell and Kiwi number eight Abraham Papali’i to his squad.

# andy-friend - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

'It was unexpected, I didn't think I was going to be let go but that's just sport'

28-year-old Eoin McKeon’s time with Connacht is over after 137 appearances for his native province.

# andy-friend - Sunday 5 April, 2020

'I had to fight a bit harder... I sort of grew up despising the big private schools'

Connacht wing John Porch could have retired from rugby as an U20 player.

# 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.’

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