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#West's awake

# wests-awake - Saturday 20 October, 2018

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.

# wests-awake - Saturday 13 October, 2018

'He's got a bright future... He's from an area that's not known for its rugby'

Connemara man Colm de Buitléar was one of three players to make their Connacht debuts against Bordeaux.

# wests-awake - Friday 22 September, 2017

New Connacht 10 eager for a taste of a packed Sportsground

Australian Andrew Deegan has found his feet already on Irish soil, as Connacht clash with Cardiff Blues tomorrow

# wests-awake - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Huge boost for Connacht ahead of Wasps clash as they ease past Treviso

The Westerners were too strong for the Italian side, as they won 47-8.

# wests-awake - Friday 2 December, 2016

Galway and Connacht champions hoping to put 'the cherry on top' of an incredible year

Niamh Duggan’s Annaghdown are in bonus territory, but determined to take home the intermediate All-Ireland title on Sunday.

# wests-awake - Saturday 12 November, 2016

'Heat blankets, survival kits, hot-water bottles and layers upon layers of clothes'

Take a trip back to Siberia with Connacht in this excerpt of John Fallon’s new book ‘Connacht – The Team That Refused To Die’.

# wests-awake - Thursday 27 October, 2016

How 'the team that refused to die' became the Connacht we love to watch today

Galway-based journalist John Fallon has written the book on the western province.

# wests-awake - Friday 30 September, 2016

Home comfort at last for Connacht with defeat of Edinburgh

It was a lot better from Pat Lam’s side tonight.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

'These are the moments I really enjoy, I know it's funny' - Pat Lam

The Connacht head coach insisted his squad have full belief in their culture and systems.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 6 April, 2016

Connacht's rise continues under Lam as elusive silverware comes into view

The western province’s head coach believes long-term foundations are being put in place.

# wests-awake - Thursday 17 March, 2016

Connacht's in-form Matt Healy called into Ireland training squad

Second row Quinn Roux was also at Carton House this week.

# wests-awake - Monday 14 March, 2016

'It's credit to how Connacht have played' - Ireland benefit from the Lam effect

Five Connacht men were on the pitch for Ireland at the same time on Saturday.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 9 March, 2016

'Being part of Connacht is amazing at the moment' - Kerins looking up

Ireland U20s scrum-half Stephen Kerins is part of the latest crop of promising Sligo players.

# wests-awake - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Pat Lam's Connacht notch another win in Galway as Brive are banished

Rory Parata, Ben Marshall and Kieran Marmion all scored tries but there was no bonus point.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

5 key considerations for a divided Mayo

As Connelly and Holmes decide whether to stay or go, Mayo face an uncertain future.

# wests-awake - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Jake Keegan hits a hat-trick as Galway see off Longford

The westerners got back to winning ways today.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 31 December, 2014

McCartney keen to prove himself Connacht's vital Kiwi connection

The 29-year-old hooker is already learning from the coaching of Pat Lam and Dan McFarland.

# wests-awake - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Henshaw set for Connacht return in sold-out New Year's Day Munster tie

On-loan lock Quinn Roux and dynamic back row Eoin McKeon are also back in the selection mix.

# wests-awake - Monday 22 December, 2014

Football silverware and track gold - Leitrim's 2014 sporting highlights

Leitrim U21 footballer Feilim McHugh is a firm favourite thanks to his driving test antics.

# wests-awake - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Henshaw set to return but Connacht have underlined their new depth

The likes of Caolin Blade have given Pat Lam some welcome selection headaches for the coming weeks.

# wests-awake - Friday 31 October, 2014

Galway rout Students to secure top-flight status next term

There’s a nice looking geographical spread to the Premier Division now.

# wests-awake - Thursday 23 October, 2014

Schmidt alert to Connacht's resurgance as five make Ireland group

Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion, Rodney Ah You, Nathan White and Darragh Leader have made the November squad.

# wests-awake - Friday 3 October, 2014

As it happened: Connacht v Cardiff Blues, Guinness Pro12

We were live from the Sportsground as Pat Lam’s men looked to earn their fourth win of the season.

# wests-awake - Friday 19 September, 2014

'The whole place is different' - Connacht and Marmion maintain momentum

The 22-year-old scored a superb second-half try to help his side to the top of the Pro12.

# wests-awake - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

5 pressing questions as Connacht head into Pat Lam's second season

Promising backs, forward’s consistency, Champions Cup qualification and high-profile signings are all addressed.

# wests-awake - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Here are the pools for the 2014/15 European Rugby Challenge Cup

Connacht have been drawn alongside Exeter, Bayonne and La Rochelle in the second-tier competition.

# wests-awake - Saturday 12 April, 2014

Big coup for Connacht as Bundee Aki signs on for three years

The 24-year-old has made a name with Waikato Chiefs.

# wests-awake - Monday 6 January, 2014

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In pics: Connacht get down and dirty for European tests

Pat Lam is getting his squad angry before Zebre come to visit.

# wests-awake - Friday 13 December, 2013

Lam expecting 'angrier, hungrier' Toulouse to return to Sportsground

Plus, captain Gavin Duffy looks back on the 2011 visit of the Top 14 giants.

# wests-awake - Monday 9 December, 2013

Connacht coach Pat Lam 'so proud' after thrilling Toulouse win

The New Zealander says he never lost faith after a string of Pro12 defeats.

# wests-awake - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Snapshot: You don't see the Liam MacCarthy on Shop Street every day

The Sam Maguire was last seen in a snug in Neachtain’s.

# wests-awake - Friday 1 March, 2013

'We used to do weights training in a little shed' - O'Halloran on Connacht's rise

The Galwegian winger has seen a lot of positive changes in his seven years at the Sportsground.

# wests-awake - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Pro12: Connacht victory crucial for make-or-break month says Poolman Tv Blackout This post contains videos

Pro12: Connacht victory crucial for make-or-break month says Poolman

The westerners entertain Edinburgh in Glasgow this evening ahead of Heineken Cup matches against Biarritz.

# wests-awake - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

O'Connell still a major doubt as Kidney calls up Connacht lock McCarthy

The Ireland squad to tour New Zealand has been finalised and now includes Chris Henry, Paul Marshall, Mike McCarthy and Ronan Loughney.

# wests-awake - Saturday 19 November, 2011

As it happened: Connacht v Toulouse

It’s the Heineken Cup in G-G-G-Galway as European giants Toulouse come to town.