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Bona fide Champions Cup team Connacht will face four-times European champions Toulouse on Saturday (5.30pm) to open their 2016/17 European campaign. The Sportsground will boast a seasonal capacity crowd of 8,057 with extra terracing erected at pitch ends to ensure an electric atmosphere for what is a defining match in Connacht's long history.
Bona fide Champions Cup team Connacht will face four-times European champions Toulouse on Saturday (5.30pm) to open their 2016/17 European campaign.
A winning performance is "not far off" promises coach Pat Lam as Connacht come under increasing pressure to get their first points in this season's PRO 12 when Edinburgh visit the Sportsground on Friday (7.35pm).
"Deep down every team in the PRO 12 wants to win it, and every one starts with zero points this weekend." Pat Lam.
New season, same goals, but one big difference. For the first time in the history of the Pro 12 competition Connacht Rugby start as reigning Pro 12 champions.
Connacht Rugby has added experienced lock Lewis Stephenson to this season's line-up as they bid to retain the Pro 12 title won in May for the first time.