Media Watch: Connacht contracts and Munster misfortune

Joe Leavey
07 November 2019

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There are plenty of movers and shakers as another weekend of Guinness PRO14 action swings into town and teams start to put the last touches to their weekend preparations.

The final helping of rugby before the European break, sides will look to sign off on a high and settle themselves in the standings in Round 6 of the season.

One of the teams jostling for position at the top is Connacht, whose impressive start sees them sit second, just a point behind Munster in Conference B.

As they prepare for the visit of Leinster to the Sportsground on Friday night, good news abounds in Galway as Andy Friend’s men prepare for what will be a stiff task.

The returning World Cup contingent of Bundee Aki and Jack Carty will provide a welcome boost, while the news that Jarrad Butler has signed a new contract should fill supporters with confidence.

Elsewhere in Ireland, there is worse news for Munster as key man Joey Carbery is ruled out for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury that was worsened during World Cup duties.

He will be deputised by JJ Hanrahan and Tyler Bleyendaal, and reportedly will not require any surgery on the affliction.

Over in Scotland, Edinburgh Rugby are another side will welcome back a number of internationals, with Magnus Bradbury speaking about his keen focus for his domestic game after a “mental rollercoaster” of a World Cup.

It is a similar story over in Glasgow, with Scott Cummings looking to hit the ground running as he makes his return to Dave Rennie’s side.

There is further injury dismay for the Isuzu Southern Kings, as they are forced to fly in replacements ahead of their match at Ospreys, after skipper JC Astle and Rossouw de Klerk were both ruled out.

They will be replaced by Sarel Pretorious and Lupumio Mguca for the last game of their European tour.

Finally, in Wales, Scarlets assistant attack coach Ricard Whiffin took time to speak about his settling-in period with the Scarlets ahead of their clash with Benetton.

Having made an impressive start to the Guinness PRO14 campaign in an offensive capacity, sitting third in Conference B, the former Gloucester man believes that it’s been a case of so-far-so-good for the newly-formed coaching staff.

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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