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Connacht must maintain their momentum when they return to the Galway Sportsground tomorrow evening (7.45pm) to host Italian visitors Zebre.
Kinvara's Shane Kavanagh, who was the Galway senior hurling captain when they last won the league in 2010, has been recalled to the extended Galway hurling squad for the coming season.
After 25 years of “living and breathing” Connacht Rugby, coach Eric Elwood has said it is time for a change. In officially announcing on Wednesday evening that he would step down at the end of the season, Elwood said his decision had nothing to do with any “issues” at Connacht Rugby, but for personal reasons. “I have come to this decision after thinking long and hard about what is best for me and also what is best for Connacht. I have given a big part of my life to Connacht Rugby and I feel that it is time for me to have a change and time for the province to have a change as well.”
Ravenhill has rarely been a happy hunting ground for Connacht Rugby - their last victory was in 1960 - and Connacht head to Belfast for tomorrow evening’s fixture on the back of Eric Elwood’s decision to step down at the end of the season.
Connacht will hope that the debut of Dan Parks for the province this evening in the first inter-provincal of the season will be able to give them a springboard to success against Leinster. In the pre-game media build up, Connacht coach Eric Elwood said he was “hopeful” that Parks would make his debut saying, “Dan did some conditioning last week and came through ok, but we will have to see how he backs that up over the week.” But come yesterday’s team announcement Parks made the starting 15 at out-half.
Connacht are still waiting final fitness testing on new signing Dan Parks ahead of tomorrow evening’s first interprovincial fixture of the season.
The Galway footballers and their hardy band of loyal supporters face the arduous journey to Casement Park to take on Antrim this Saturday (3pm) in round two of the All Ireland qualifiers.
The Galway ladies take on Mayo this Sunday in the Connacht football final at 4pm in McHale Park. Galway will be hoping to avenge their heavy 4-17 to 2-7 defeat in the Division 2 league final to Mayo, and that result sees the home team as hot favourites to win this weekend.
On Sunday afternoon in O’Moore Park (2pm), the Galway hurlers face Offaly in the 2012 Leinster semi-final.
The Galway hurlers start their 2012 championship this Sunday when they take on Westmeath in Cusack Park Mullingar (3.30pm).