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A successful season for Connacht Rugby continued with the selection of a number of players on Ireland teams.
Unashamedly and deservedly, the ‘Fields of Athenry’ was ringing loud and clear in Kingspan Stadium seven months ago. The hurt and frustration of failing to record a single win against Ulster in Belfast in 59 years ended - a ghost laid to rest at last.
Connacht's impressive development this season will be put to the test tomorrow at 3pm when play-off rivals Cardiff hit the Sportsground for the penultimate PRO14 conference fixture.
Connacht Rugby junior club champions Connemara RFC face favourites Enniscorthy in this year's AIB League round robin qualifier at Monastery Field on Saturday (2.30pm).
Connacht's impressive development this season will be put to the test on Saturday (3pm) when play-off rivals Cardiff hit the Sportsground for the penultimate PRO14 conference fixture.
Connacht Rugby's plans for the redevelopment of the Sportsground have received a major boost as the Galway City Council has agreed to prioritise the province's application for the large scale sport infrastructure fund (LSSIF).
Galway city councillors face a major selection dilemma over the next few weeks when they will be asked to prioritise one of three local projects to benefit from the national Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.
Galwegians suffered more heartbreak with a 5-7 defeat to Navan at a blustery Crowley Park on Saturday.
A timely focus shift to the Six Nations, and Connacht's hopes of having some representation on the Ireland team, will give Andy Friend's squad a short window to review, rest and reassess their PRO14 season, and in particular their latest 8-7 defeat to Cardiff.
There is no rest for Connacht Rugby in their bid to achieve Champions Cup rugby this season. Still in the hunt in two competitions, they now return to Bordeaux where they became the first Irish team to win on French soil.