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    01 October 2021

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    Connacht

    Connacht is located in a province containing only 8% of the Irish population, hence they have always had a smaller base of players to draw from and historically have not been given the budgets of the other three Irish teams.

    City and Country: Galway, Ireland.

    PRO Rugby Titles: 1.

    Coach: Andy Friend.

    Captain: Jarrad Butler.

    Stadium: Galway Sportsground.

    Connacht is located in a province containing only 8% of the Irish population, hence they have always had a smaller base of players to draw from and historically have not been given the budgets of the other three Irish teams. All of which made their victory in the 2015-16 Pro14 over the more fancied Leinster such an upset. The South African influence includes Connacht being coached by Steph Nel in the early 2000s, and players such as Marnitz Boshoff and Quinn Roux having formed part of the Connacht Clan.

    If you want to sound like a local: Make a comment to a true-blooded Connacht fan about how you feel strongly that the song “Fields of Athenry” has been hijacked by other Irish sports teams and belongs as a true Connacht supporters’ song. The ballad was written about the Great Famine of the 1840s and was set in Galway.

    What you didn’t know: Henry Anderson, the first Connacht player to gain an international cap for Ireland in 1903, was born in Cape Town.

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