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Some 25 weeks since Connacht produced a 29-19 win over the Southern Kings, a new-look squad returns to action on Sunday.
After a much needed three-week break Connacht Rugby return to the Galway Sportsground on Saturday (7.35pm) for the first of three crunch PRO14 fixtures.
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 revealed plans for a €30-million redevelopment of the Sportsground, which will transform its home into a top-class 12,000-capacity stadium and high-performance training centre.
Connacht Rugby is gearing up for the biggest game of the season to date with English premiership side Gloucester making the visit to the Galway Sportsground on March 31.
Connacht, boosted with a try bonus performance last weekend, will be looking to step up another level when they travel to Belfast for this season's first Guinness PRO 14 interprovincial tomorrow evening (7.35pm).
Last weekend's win over Munster was 'an early birthday present' for Connacht captain John Muldoon who turned 33 on Tuesday. Tomorrow evening when leading Connacht onto Arms Park in Cardiff, he celebrates yet another milestone, becoming the first person to play 200 Guinness Pro 12 game.
Live rugby action returns to the Sportsground next Friday for the first of Connacht’s pre-season friendlies of the 2015/16 season, against French side FC Grenoble.
As many winter sports come to a close, some will be celebrating a season of success, others regretting lost opportunities, but many more will be satisfied if they did their best.
When I came to Ireland last November to meet with the Connacht Board (PGB) and hear their vision for Connacht Rugby, I took the opportunity to find out more about Galway and the rest of the province. I asked everyone I came across in my few days in Ireland, “What is it like there?”, “Tell me about Connacht?” “Tell me about Galway?” “What is the West of Ireland like?”