Connacht in need of help
Published 07/03/2010 | 05:00
A try in overtime with the last move of the game denied Connacht a much needed victory on Friday night against Glasgow.
A win would not have rescued Connacht's Magners League season, but it would have served as a useful reminder to the IRFU that Connacht has the potential to be a credible force if it is given the resources to compete.
Irish rugby needs Connacht to succeed, but it exists on sufferance. It will face a further threat from Sevens rugby, with some elements in the IRFU arguing it cannot fund both Connacht and an international Sevens squad. It is not a choice: the IRFU will simply have to find the money, internally and externally, to do both.
Instead of seeing Connacht as a problem, it needs to see it as an opportunity to build on rugby's ever-growing popularity, just as Sevens, with its new Olympic status and a hugely popular international circuit, offers a real chance to bring the game to an even wider audience.