Media Watch: Connacht trio pen new deals to boost strong start

Peter White
06 November 2019

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With four wins on the spin since their opening-day defeat, Connacht’s blistering start to the fresh Guinness PRO14 campaign has seen them earmarked as one of the teams to watch this season.

And their title credentials have been boosted by the news that Tiernan O’Halloran, Sean O’Brien and Tom Farrell have all signed contract extensions at the Sportsground up to the end of 2021/22.

With the services of such key players secured for the foreseeable future, could we see the Galway-based side make a real push for their first Championship title since 2015/16?

One man to have ruled out a move away from the competition is Munster backs coach Stephen Larkham, who has been quick to distance himself from the vacant Australia head coach post.

While admitting the opportunity to take charge of his national side would one day appeal to him, Larkham – who only joined Johann van Graan’s coaching setup this summer – insists he is staying put at Thomond Park.

Scarlets winger Steff Evans does have one eye on an international return with former club boss Wayne Pivac now in charge of Wales, while Leinster assistant Felipe Contepomi has backed Johnny Sexton to compete at the next World Cup.

Elsewhere, Leinster’s Joe Tomane is hoping to put an injury-plagued spell behind him following a promising start to the campaign, while Dean Ryan has given his support to Ollie Griffiths after he suffered a calf injury against Glasgow Warriors.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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