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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Monday 1 April, 2019

From The42 MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared Pro14 Focus

MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared

Andy Friend’s side have refocused rapidly on their play-off pursuit in the Pro14.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 30 March, 2019

From The42 Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale Bounce Back

Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale

Andy Friend’s side will fly home with regrets after their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

# challenge-cup - Friday 29 March, 2019

From The42 Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury Injury Blows

Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury

The tighthead prop suffered a serious hand injury in the defeat to Sale Sharks.

From The42 Connacht crash out of Europe with injury concerns for Carty and Bealham Knocked Out

Connacht crash out of Europe with injury concerns for Carty and Bealham

Andy Friend’s side left it too late in their comeback bid against Sale in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

From The42 As it happened: Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final

We went minute-by-minute as Andy Friend’s side continued their European campaign at the AJ Bell Stadium.

From The42 Adeolokun hungry to boost Connacht's two-pronged challenge after long lay-off Niysi Does It

Adeolokun hungry to boost Connacht's two-pronged challenge after long lay-off

The winger is back from injury and starts tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 28 March, 2019

From The42 Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final Team News

Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final

Andy Friend has recalled some big guns but rested others for the trip to Sale Sharks.

From The42 Connacht continue to grow under Friend as they fight on two fronts The Business End

Connacht continue to grow under Friend as they fight on two fronts

“We’ve got to keep both dreams alive and keep pushing for both.”

# challenge-cup - Monday 21 January, 2019

From The42 Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals All In

Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals

Irish rugby’s good health has been underlined in the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 20 January, 2019

From The42 'To win in France is a great achievement': Friend and Connacht march on Challenge Cup

'To win in France is a great achievement': Friend and Connacht march on

The western province snatched a dramatic comeback win over Bordeaux to book their place in the Challenge Cup last eight.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 19 January, 2019

From The42 Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed Last Eight

Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed

Andy Friend’s side will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on the last weekend of March.

From The42 Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals Marching On

Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals

The western province came back from the dead to snatch victory over Bordeaux this afternoon.

From The42 'It needs to be a win': Friend's Connacht head to France with a clear focus Challenge Cup

'It needs to be a win': Friend's Connacht head to France with a clear focus

The western province can round off an excellent week by securing a Challenge Cup quarter-final berth today.

# challenge-cup - Friday 18 January, 2019

From The42 Ireland call-ups Blade and Carty on the bench as Connacht name side for Bordeaux New Combination

Ireland call-ups Blade and Carty on the bench as Connacht name side for Bordeaux

Andy Friend has shuffled the deck for Connacht’s trip to Bordeaux, where a win would guarantee them a quarter-final spot.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 13 January, 2019

From The42 Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands In Control

Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands

A win in Bordeaux next weekend will guarantee a quarter-final spot in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 12 January, 2019

From The42 Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win All To Play For

Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win

Andy Friend’s men head to Bordeaux in round six with a quarter-final within their grasp.

From The42 MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle Aj

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle

The Dublin-born out-half misses Sale’s game against Connacht this afternoon, but won’t let his injury setback knock him off course.

# challenge-cup - Friday 11 January, 2019

From The42 O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty Starting Line-ups

O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty

Denis Buckley has also been named to start against Sale Sharks this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Friday 14 December, 2018

From The42 Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

The Irish province ran in five tries at the Stade Aime Giral this evening.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 13 December, 2018

From The42 Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France Number 10

Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France

Perpignan have recalled Jackson for their clash with Connacht.

From The42 Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan All-terrain

Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan

From South Africa to Galway and now on to Perpignan, the breadth of Connacht’s skill-set is being tested.

# challenge-cup - Monday 10 December, 2018

From The42 Connacht in the market for Irish-qualified scrum-half as injury cover Reinforcements

Connacht in the market for Irish-qualified scrum-half as injury cover

Andy Friend is also keen to seek cover in the back field after injuries to Niyi Adeolokun, Peter Robb and Colm de Buitléar.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 8 December, 2018

From The42 Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth Winning Run

Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth

Hard-earned win over Perpignan maintains the feel-good factor around Galway as the province march on.

From The42 Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track Challenge Cup

Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track

Andy Friend’s side managed the conditions brilliantly to grind out an important Challenge Cup win over Perpignan.

From The42 'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp' The West Is Awake

'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp'

Back in Connacht green, Finlay Bealham is relishing the prospect of running out at the Sportsground again this afternoon.

# challenge-cup - Friday 7 December, 2018

From The42 Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan Starting XV

Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan

Andy Friend’s side are bidding to get their Challenge Cup campaign back on track in Galway tomorrow.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

From The42 Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe Challenge Cup

Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe

The Ireland centre is due to head back to New Zealand for his wedding, but could be involved this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

From The42 Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads Squad Lists

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 20 October, 2018

From The42 Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht Boy For Sale

Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht

Sale too strong for Andy Friend’s experimental side.

From The42 Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp RISE UP

Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp

Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

# challenge-cup - Friday 19 October, 2018

From The42 In-form Farrell credits Aki influence after making massive strides Dynamic Duo

In-form Farrell credits Aki influence after making massive strides

The 25-year-old went to Bedford before getting his big chance with the western province.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

From The42 Chris Ashton to make return against Connacht after pre-season suspension Challenge Cup

Chris Ashton to make return against Connacht after pre-season suspension

The prolific try-scorer was slapped with a seven-week ban for a tip tackle against Castres.

# challenge-cup - Friday 12 October, 2018

From The42 Two academy players included in Connacht squad for Challenge Cup opener against Bordeaux New Campaign

Two academy players included in Connacht squad for Challenge Cup opener against Bordeaux

Out half Conor Fitzgerald and Connemara man Colm de Buitlear are named among the Connacht replacements.

From The42 Glamour aplenty in the Challenge Cup, but Connacht best served pushing hard in Pro14 Opinion

Glamour aplenty in the Challenge Cup, but Connacht best served pushing hard in Pro14

The 2016 Pro12 champions sorely needed the Challenge Cup last season. With renewed confidence this time around, they are well equipped to compete for a top-three place in their conference.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 11 October, 2018

From The42 Attention to detail paying off for Jack Carty Perfectionist

Attention to detail paying off for Jack Carty

As Connacht celebrated a historic win in Belfast, the out-half was lamenting the end of his goal-kicking streak.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 27 September, 2018

French referees in place for all three provinces in Champions Cup openers

Connacht have Scottish and Welsh officials for their early European matches, while Joy Neville will take charge of the Challenge Cup opener.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 25 August, 2018

From The42 Catalans stun Wembley to become first non-English side to win Challenge Cup Rugby League

Catalans stun Wembley to become first non-English side to win Challenge Cup

The French side made history on Saturday.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

From The42 Munster pitted against Exeter, Leinster take on Wasps and Toulouse in next season's Champions Cup Pool Draw

Munster pitted against Exeter, Leinster take on Wasps and Toulouse in next season's Champions Cup

Ulster will meet Simon Zebo’s Racing 92 and Scarlets while, in the Challenge Cup, Connacht have been pitted against Sale, Bordeaux and Perpignan.

# challenge-cup - Monday 2 April, 2018

From The42 'Man, when we get it right, we get it right' - Connacht coach Keane Hot And Cold

'Man, when we get it right, we get it right' - Connacht coach Keane

It’s what happens between the peak of their performance that has Connacht facing another year in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 1 April, 2018

From The42 KK focuses on the positives as 'naive' Connacht take aim at another crucial clash Down Not Out

KK focuses on the positives as 'naive' Connacht take aim at another crucial clash

‘It just put a smile on my face that we kept coming back and coming back. That’s pleasing for me.’

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