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# connacht - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier

The Westerners recovered from a 21-0 deficit but were ultimately beaten in a dead-rubber in Pool 5.

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.

# connacht - Friday 17 January, 2020

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France

The Irish international is back after a two-month absence

# connacht - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Marmion returns ahead of Connacht's final Champions Cup game, Fitzgerald ruled out for rest of the season

Head coach Andy Friend says the scrum-half is in back in full training before their showdown with Montpellier.

Timing a curse for Carty as he keeps his mind on provincial life

The out-half felt mentally refreshed after an enforced break, but would love to get a run of games in the weeks ahead.

# connacht - Saturday 11 January, 2020

Saracens keep Champions Cup defence alive, four sides now confirmed for quarter-finals

Rhys Carre’s early red card made life difficult for his side.

'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.

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope

Toulouse sealed their qualification and conceded just a penalty try despite finishing with 13 men.

As it happened: Connacht v Toulouse, European Rugby Champions Cup

Relive all the action as Andy Friend’s team fell to a disappointing defeat at the Sportsground.

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse

Connacht will return to full strength as they aim for a repeat of their 2016 win over the four-time champs.

# connacht - Friday 10 January, 2020

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse

Jack Carty and Bundee Aki are both back for Andy Friend’s side.

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'

Connacht worked hard to be in the top tier of the competition for days just like this.

# connacht - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Connacht facing big blow with key man Fainga'a set for move to France

The Aussie openside has been superb for Andy Friend’s side since his move from the Rebels.

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.

# connacht - 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.

# connacht - 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.

# connacht - Saturday 4 January, 2020

Inter-pro woe for Connacht as Deegan drives Leinster to victory

Inter-pro woe for Connacht as Deegan drives Leinster to victory

Connacht were forced to dig deep just to avoid a shut-out and it took 71 minutes for them to post their opening score against a rampant Leinster.

Connacht go to RDS believing they can break Leinster streak

‘Generally when results go against us it’s…us shooting ourselves in the foot.’

Competition breeds contentment for Leinster

The eastern province’s winning streak is based on intense competition for places.

# connacht - Friday 3 January, 2020

Ex-Roscommon minor handed first Connacht start for Leinster showdown

Niall Murray will partner up with Gavin Thornbury in the second row.

# connacht - Friday 27 December, 2019

5 tries for Ulster as they storm past Connacht to claim impressive win

5 tries for Ulster as they storm past Connacht to claim impressive win

The home side bounced back superbly from their defeat to Leinster last weekend.

'Last year was tough at times, especially with the injury I had'

Craig Gilroy is glad to have shaken off injury and is enjoying his new role as the elder statesman of Ulster’s back-line.

# connacht - 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.

Ulster name much-changed team for visit of Connacht

The Westerners have made five changes of their own.

'If I was to describe the way we want to play it’s ‘collective speed''

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has a keen interest in psychology.

# connacht - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'Everyone is seeing how well they have been doing' - Connacht targeting another Ulster scalp on Belfast soil

The Westerners are the last team to defeat Dan McFarland’s charges at Kingspan Stadium.

'He will be looking at footage of Faf de Klerk and seeing a small guy make big hits'

Craig Casey made a superb start in his side’s win over Connacht.

# connacht - Saturday 21 December, 2019

Late Carty try not enough for Connacht as Munster take the spoils in Galway

Jack O’Donoghue’s try proved the difference between the sides on a feisty derby day.

# connacht - Friday 20 December, 2019

Ins and outs make for a week of mixed emotions in Connacht dressing room

The Sportsground had lamentations and celebration in equal measure.

# connacht - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht

The Carlow man is hungry for opportunity in Connacht and has been on the phone to tell Andy Friend as much.

# connacht - Monday 16 December, 2019

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'

After an astounding comeback, Connacht’s attention will turn to matters closer to home and they will hope to see the ‘inter-pro phenomenon’ show itself again..

# connacht - 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.

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup Minute-by-Minute This post contains a poll

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup

Andy Friend’s charges rallied from the jaws of defeat to get a vital victory at the Sportsground.

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.

# connacht - Friday 13 December, 2019

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback

Andy Friend has made seven changes to refresh his side on a six-day turnaround between Gloucester clashes.

# connacht - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester

The back row was dropped for the trip to England, but is ready to help his side mount an unlikely playoff push.

# connacht - 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.

# connacht - 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.

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