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Warriors motivated to kill off Connacht

THESE are two clubs in transition. Connacht chief executive Gerry Kelly will step down at the end of the season for former Kenyan Cricket chief executive Tom Sears to take control at The Sportsground.

It could just be the right time for Sears. Connacht will take part in the Heineken Cup for the second time next season, and coach Eric Elwood has been able to bring in quality players in Dan Parks -- a match-winner, Ulster openside Willie Faloon and Leinster prop Nathan White.

These are no cast-offs, they are all superb players who can add value to where Connacht are going. There have been calls this week for even greater investment into the western province.

The Warriors will have a change of coach and home ground by the start of next season. They will want to give Sean Lineen a good send-off.

They need a win to confirm their away semi-final at Leinster. The Scarlets are four behind in fifth; Ulster, sixth.

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht, Firhill, Saturday (KO 7.30) Live TG4

Verdict: Glasgow



Grenoble role for Jackman

Former Leinster and Connacht hooker Bernard Jackman will start a one-year contract as an assistant coach at newly promoted French Top-14 club Grenoble in the summer.

"It is a one-plus-one contract. That is one year with an option for a second year. This is my first, full-time professional gig," revealed Jackman.

"I will be defence and skills coach for the club, working under the head coach Fabrice Landreau, who won four caps for France as a hooker.

"I went to Grenoble for the pre-season last summer on a consultancy basis. I put in a defensive system which worked well."

Grenoble conceded 13 tries this season, compared to 30 in 2010/2011.

Former Evening Herald columnist Jackman has been keen to further his coaching education. He was head coach at Clontarf last season, and continued his involvement in the game with St Michael's College, Dublin City University and Tullow this season.


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