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Top English Premiership rugby club Wasps will play Connacht in a highly attractive season opening fixture at Dubarry Park, Athlone. This match, which will be Connacht new head coach Andy Friend’s first game in charge, kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 18. Tickets are now on sale for this encounter (see below for details).
After the dramatics of the weekend's Champions Cup action in the Sportsground, Connacht must come back down to earth and return to Guinness Pro 12 action.
Connacht may not be in the best physical shape ahead of Saturday's battle with Wasps, but coach Pat Lam is hoping mental strength and the home venue will help his side win this vital Champions Cup fixture.
It has been a dramatic week for Connacht. Amid the shock news that coach Pat Lam is departing at the end of the season for pastures new, Connacht must also try to concentrate their minds on the more immediate task of a significant European Champions Cup fixture in England.