Andy Friend: 'We know if we run straight into them we will probably lose that battle’

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Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The forecast for Galway on Sunday afternoon is dry and sunny but on Wednesday afternoon, as the Connacht squad returned to the dressing-room following a morning session at the Sportsground, it was difficult to imagine the sun ever shining again.

Slate skies, biting cold and intermittently vicious showers of rain – even the greyhounds, going through their daily salutations with their trainers, looked ready for parkas and snoods.

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