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In a brief respite from European action, Connacht return to the Galway Sportsground for a key PRO14 fixture against the Isuzu Southern Kings on Saturday (5.15pm).
Connacht can have a deserved pep in the step when heading to France tomorrow for round two of this season's Champions Cup.
Champions Cup rugby returns to the Sportsground after a two-year hiatus when Connacht open their 2019/20 campaign against visitors Montpellier on Sunday (1pm).
Every time I pass through Salthill I am reminded how beautiful the promenade is, and what a facility we have on our doorstep, for those of us fortunate enough to live in the Galway area. My instinct is always to stop the car, get out and walk. ‘We should do this more often’ is invariably the reaction from family members. And so we should. A self catering stay at the Galway Bay Sea View Apartments in Salthill is now available for as little as €199 in total for a three night break for four people. With 34 large sized apartments, the venue offers an ideal break for families, couples and groups of friends.
The public have really got behind Connacht Rugby side this season with record numbers expected though the gates and renewal rates of season tickets on a par with the unforgettable title-winning season of 2016.
Connacht Rugby has been given a reasonable chance of seizing silverware in the Pro14 next season after bookmakers released odds for the 2019/20 campaign. Defending champions Leinster are understandably the favourites to win the trophy, but only four teams have shorter odds than Andy Friend’s men. Munster, Glasgow and Ulster are all tipped to challenge for glory, but Connacht are next in line at 20/1 along with Scarlets and Ospreys.
Connacht will face two trips to the south of France and a jaunt over to the West Country in England as the province returns to European club rugby's top table after a two year absence.
Connacht must turn their positivity into points on Saturday when French side Bordeaux-Begles visit the Sportsground for this year's opening European fixture.
Kieran Keane, regarded as a "perfect fit" for Connacht at the time of his appointment, is now regarded as an imperfect match just nine months into this stint as head coach.
Connacht stalwart Andrew Browne will end his playing days with the club at the end of this season.