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Connacht’s away form is under ever-increasing scrutiny as the club heads to Wales to face Cardiff Blues tomorrow evening (7.30pm).
In advance of Ireland’s great win in the RBS 6 Nations against Wales last Saturday, Land Rover brand ambassador and Ireland Rugby Captain, Jamie Heaslip, has been presented with the keys to his new 2013 Land Rover Discovery 4, writes Padraic Deane.
Connacht Rugby announced their team to face Scarlets in tonight’s Round 14 of the RaboDirect PRO12 league. Eric Elwood's side travel to Parc y Scarlets for tonight’s fixture (kick off 7:30pm) and there are a number of changes to the team that played Zebre three weeks ago in the Heineken Cup. Brett Wilkinson, Jason Harris Wright and skipper Nathan White make up the front row trio. Replacing Ireland international Mike McCarthy will be Mick Kearney who starts in the second row alongside Connacht's highest capped player Michael Swift (234 caps).
This battle with the ‘old enemy’ always draws a bumper crowd to the compact Athlone venue and they meet again tonight at 7.35pm in a 6 Nations u20 clash. Dubarry Park’s central location and ease of access from the M4 motorway ensures it is an easy reach from the broader Midlands as well as from Dublin and Galway for one of sports great rivalries.
Connacht fullback Robbie Henshaw is hoping to make his Ireland u-20s debut tomorrow evening at his home ground in Athlone.
Connacht will be boosted ahead of tomorrow night's RaboDirect Pro 12 fixture against the Scarlets with the return of three front-line players.
Westmeath can expect an estimated 100 turbines on private land as part of Element Power’s ongoing €8 billion Greenwire wind energy project to export 3,000 megawatts of electricity to the UK by 2018, it was revealed this week.
Connacht Eagles tackle Newport in their final British and Irish Cup Pool 4 fixture at Dubarry Park on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh club pipped the developing Connacht squad 18-14 in Wales courtesy of a late, late try but the host province will be optimistic of avenging that narrow loss and, in the process, secure second place, at the Athlone venue. Kick off time is 2pm which will enable supporters to then watch the Heineken Cup action on the big screens at The Bounty afterwards.
Five times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault has already announced his intention to compete in this year’s Tour de Conamara.
Pat Lam is expected to be named as Connacht’s successor to Eric Elwood in the next couple of days.