Saturday 24 March 2018

Connacht get home comfort

Hugh Farrelly

CONNACHT have welcomed the news that their European Challenge Cup semi-final against Toulon will be held at the Galway Sportsground, where Michael Bradley's men are unbeaten in eight games since September, writes Hugh Farrelly.

There was speculation that the April 30 match would be switched to another venue but the ERC confirmed yesterday that the game would go ahead at the Sportsground, with Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly saying the province were "delighted" with the news.

Connacht are hoping to install temporary seating to bring the capacity up from 5,000 to 8,000 to cater for the expected demand for tickets to see a star-studded Toulon side featuring Jonny Wilkinson, Felipe Contepomi and New Zealand rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams.

Meanwhile, Leinster and Munster are waiting on news of their ticket allocations for their away Heineken Cup semi-finals against Toulouse and Biarritz on May 1 and 2 respectively.

The provinces are expected to receive around 8,000 tickets each but if those allocations are sold successfully there is the possibility of a further 2,000 tickets being made available.

Irish Independent

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