Connacht looks for provincial support

Connacht coach Eric Elwood with players Miah Nikora, Ray Ofisa, Fetu’u Vainikolo and Ronan Loughney launch Connacht’s first Heineken Cup campaign.

Connacht coach Eric Elwood with players Miah Nikora, Ray Ofisa, Fetu’u Vainikolo and Ronan Loughney launch Connacht’s first Heineken Cup campaign.

Connacht captain Gavin Duffy is calling on the province to get behind the team as they head into their first Heineken Cup rugby campaign.

Connacht welcome French rugby giants Toulouse to the Sportsground in their first home match on Saturday November 19, and Duffy says it is important that the Sportsground is a formidable fortress for this occasion.

“We are calling on all the people of Connacht to come out and support our team,” he says.

“ When we played Toulon in the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup two seasons ago, teams and schools from across the province sent in their messages and we had them all displayed on boards around the dressing room. It really hammered home the support we had from all over and it was a huge motivator for the team. This year we face a similar challenge so we’re asking people from every corner of the province to do the same and upload their messages of support to our Facebook page.”

Duffy says although tickets for the match may be limited, there are other ways to support the team.

“There are many ways you can support the team, mainly through our Facebook page where you can now upload a video, post a picture, or simply type your message of support which will be read by the team in the run up to our Heineken Cup games.”

To upload your picture, video or message, log on to www.Facebook.com/ConnachtRugby The top 100 images of support will be used to form part of Connacht Rugby’s ‘The Green Mile’.

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