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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Monday 21 January, 2019

Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals

Irish rugby’s good health has been underlined in the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - 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.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 19 January, 2019

Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed

Andy Friend’s side will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on the last weekend of March.

Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals

The western province came back from the dead to snatch victory over Bordeaux this afternoon.

'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.

# challenge-cup - Friday 18 January, 2019

Ireland call-ups Blade and Carty on the bench as Connacht name side for Bordeaux

Andy Friend has shuffled the deck for Connacht’s trip to Bordeaux, where a win would guarantee them a quarter-final spot.

# challenge-cup - 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.

# challenge-cup - 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.

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle Aj

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle

The Dublin-born out-half misses Sale’s game against Connacht this afternoon, but won’t let his injury setback knock him off course.

# challenge-cup - Friday 11 January, 2019

O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty

Denis Buckley has also been named to start against Sale Sharks this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Friday 14 December, 2018

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

The Irish province ran in five tries at the Stade Aime Giral this evening.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France

Perpignan have recalled Jackson for their clash with Connacht.

Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan

From South Africa to Galway and now on to Perpignan, the breadth of Connacht’s skill-set is being tested.

# challenge-cup - Monday 10 December, 2018

Connacht in the market for Irish-qualified scrum-half as injury cover

Andy Friend is also keen to seek cover in the back field after injuries to Niyi Adeolokun, Peter Robb and Colm de Buitléar.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth

Hard-earned win over Perpignan maintains the feel-good factor around Galway as the province march on.

Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track

Andy Friend’s side managed the conditions brilliantly to grind out an important Challenge Cup win over Perpignan.

'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp'

Back in Connacht green, Finlay Bealham is relishing the prospect of running out at the Sportsground again this afternoon.

# challenge-cup - Friday 7 December, 2018

Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan

Andy Friend’s side are bidding to get their Challenge Cup campaign back on track in Galway tomorrow.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe

The Ireland centre is due to head back to New Zealand for his wedding, but could be involved this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 20 October, 2018

Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht

Sale too strong for Andy Friend’s experimental side.

Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp

Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

# challenge-cup - Friday 19 October, 2018

In-form Farrell credits Aki influence after making massive strides

The 25-year-old went to Bedford before getting his big chance with the western province.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Chris Ashton to make return against Connacht after pre-season suspension

The prolific try-scorer was slapped with a seven-week ban for a tip tackle against Castres.

# challenge-cup - Friday 12 October, 2018

Two academy players included in Connacht squad for Challenge Cup opener against Bordeaux

Out half Conor Fitzgerald and Connemara man Colm de Buitlear are named among the Connacht replacements.

Glamour aplenty in the Challenge Cup, but Connacht best served pushing hard in Pro14

The 2016 Pro12 champions sorely needed the Challenge Cup last season. With renewed confidence this time around, they are well equipped to compete for a top-three place in their conference.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Attention to detail paying off for Jack Carty

As Connacht celebrated a historic win in Belfast, the out-half was lamenting the end of his goal-kicking streak.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 27 September, 2018

French referees in place for all three provinces in Champions Cup openers

Connacht have Scottish and Welsh officials for their early European matches, while Joy Neville will take charge of the Challenge Cup opener.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 25 August, 2018

Catalans stun Wembley to become first non-English side to win Challenge Cup

The French side made history on Saturday.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Munster pitted against Exeter, Leinster take on Wasps and Toulouse in next season's Champions Cup

Ulster will meet Simon Zebo’s Racing 92 and Scarlets while, in the Challenge Cup, Connacht have been pitted against Sale, Bordeaux and Perpignan.

# challenge-cup - Monday 2 April, 2018

'Man, when we get it right, we get it right' - Connacht coach Keane

It’s what happens between the peak of their performance that has Connacht facing another year in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 1 April, 2018

KK focuses on the positives as 'naive' Connacht take aim at another crucial clash

‘It just put a smile on my face that we kept coming back and coming back. That’s pleasing for me.’

# challenge-cup - Saturday 31 March, 2018

Connacht out-gunned by Gloucester in crazy Challenge Cup quarter-final

The western province refused to lie down as they shared eight tries with the Premiership side.

Connacht hope European home form helps them past quarter-final stumbling block

Today’s Challenge Cup shoot-out with Gloucester has taken on added significance for Kieran Keane’s men.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

'It’s good to run around that dirty pitch': Aki more than happy to ground himself after Slam success

‘At the moment it feels like I’m the new player in the squad,’ says the centre ahead of Saturday’s European quarter-final clash with Gloucester.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 25 March, 2018

Romanian referee withdrawn from Challenge Cup quarter-final over security fears

Vlad Iordachescu was due to be fourth official for Pau’s clash with defending champions Stade Francais.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

'Unprecedented sales' leads Connacht to put extra capacity on Sportsground for Challenge Cup quarter

The temporary stands will be back on College Road and Bohermore ends come 31 March.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 25 January, 2018

Connacht, Leinster and Munster quarter-final dates and times confirmed

Munster and Connacht play on the Saturday, with Leinster on the Sunday.

# challenge-cup - Monday 22 January, 2018

'We'd love to get one over them': Connacht can't wait to welcome old foes Gloucester to Galway

The western province had to tackle Gloucester in Kingsholm twice at the end of the 2014/15 season. Can they change their fortunes at the Sportsground?

# challenge-cup - Sunday 21 January, 2018

Connacht to host Gloucester in Challenge Cup quarter, but face potential away semi-final

Kieran Keane’s side advanced through to the knockout stages as third seeds.

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