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Galwegians have returned to top flight rugby after winning the division 1B title on Saturday.
Connacht Rugby and Pat Lam will welcome the two-week break from Pro 12 action after a frustrating and controversial loss to Cardiff at the weekend.
Galway city’s two All Ireland League rugby clubs Corinthians and Galwegians secured comfortble wins in their division 2A fixtures at the wekeend.
Old friends become rivals tomorrow evening (7.30pm) as Edinburgh make their first visit to the Galway Sportsground under former Connacht coach Michael Bradley.
Galwegians returned to winning ways at the weekend, but now face a tough assignment away to promotion-chasing Belfast Harlequins.
Ireland, who made a winning start to the defence of their u20 Six Nations Championship crown with a 28-9 win away to Italy last week, square up to France in a mouth-watering second round fixture under the Dubarry Park floodlights in Athlone this Friday night. Kickoff for this ESB Electric Ireland match is 7.45pm.
Connacht’s away form, so poor in previous seasons, gets its first test on Saturday when they face the Scarlets at Parc Y Scarlets (3pm).
John Muldoon will lead Connacht out on Saturday evening for the first time as captain when the province opens its new season against English outfit Leeds at the Galway Sportsground (6.30pm).
Finally. The long wait is over. Four years had passed since Connacht last recorded a victory over Leinster; three years since they overcome a fellow Irish province; and in between there had been a host of near misses, moral victories, but ulimately, defeats.