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Connacht can clear Air'

CONNACHT v Aironi, The Sportsground, Tomorrow (KO 5.0) - The precarious nature of this profession can be seen from the break-up of Aironi at the end of the season, despite the fact they have followed their one-win first season with four so far in 2011-2012.

The incentive to perform for a soon-to-be dead club comes down purely to personal pride and, perhaps, the shop window it allows players to prove their worth for the prospective new Italian franchise.

Connacht cannot be concerned with the troubles of others. They have long had to deal with their own. They have won six and drawn one out of 20 rounds.

Coach Eric Elwood will revise his pre-season goals to make the eighth-placed Newport-Gwent Dragons their target. There is two points and Benetton Treviso, in ninth, between the western province and their best ever finish in the league.

Verdict: Connacht


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