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 The Sportsground, Galway. Connacht Rugby have secured €20 million in grant funding for its redevelopment.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hats off to Connacht Rugby. Twenty million. My golly. Yes you read correctly. Twenty million. That’s €20,000,000 for development of the Sportsground. (...)

A CGI view of the redeveloped Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged an extra €10 million to Connacht Rugby to build a new stadium over and above the limits of a grant scheme from Mini(...)

Connacht’s David Heffernan gave a typically energetic display against  Gloucester at the Sportstground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

These are good days for Dave Heffernan. The late developing 28-year-old is becoming more and more established as Connacht’s first-choice hooker, and t(...)

A CGI view of the redevelopment Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Connacht Rugby has been granted full planning permission for the €30 million redevelopment of the Sportsground in Co Galway. The club said on Friday (...)

If the proposed redevelopment of the Sportsground is approved its maximum capacity would double in size to 12,000. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When historians come to write about Connacht Rugby in decades, or even longer, from now, they’ll assuredly cite the late 2010s as a major crossroads i(...)

A view of the proposed redeveloped Sportsground. Photograph: Connacht Rugby

Willie Ruane, the Connacht chief executive, has described the proposed €30 million redevelopment of the Sportsground into a modern 12,000 capacity sta(...)

The Connacht backs huddle on the back pitch at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have announced redevelopment plans for the Sportsground in Galway city, their home since 1927. The project will deliver what they describe a(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend said Leinster “are the side you want to be playing against and coaching against too because it brings the best out of you”. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

When the Connacht hierarchy decided to dispense with the services of Kieran Keane, after just one season as head coach, it looked a little hasty. It a(...)

Connacht and the IRFU have announced Andy Friend as the province’s new head coach. The Australian has signed a three year contract and will arrive in(...)

Kieran Keane’s Connacht departure has been confirmed. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht and the IRFU have confirmed that Kieran Keane will depart the province “with immediate effect”. Following Friday morning’s announcement, Con(...)

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