Galway rivals face derby date as Senior Cup takes spotlight
With the Ulster Bank League taking a two-week break to coincide with the provinces' European aspirations, all focus for the senior clubs in the province is on next week's Connacht Senior Cup semi-finals.
The all-Galway semi-final of Galwegians and Corinthians is an eye-catching tie, but on the other side of the draw, Division 2C Sligo will be keen to put one over on defending champions Buccaneers, managed by former Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson.
Sligo have just one win to their name this season - a 39-19 victory over fellow strugglers Dundalk two weeks ago - while defeat to leaders Old Crescent last time was a blow to their recovery.
In Division 1B, Buccaneers have been very inconsistent this season, and despite some accomplished displays lie fifth, but Wilkinson's side have shown plenty of promise to date.
Meanwhile, Corinthians will hope to recover from last week's loss to Naas and rediscover the form that brought them three wins in a row before that in time for their Tribes' derby at Glenina.
It's 2010-'11 since Corinthians last won the Connacht Senior Cup, and since then 'Wegians have won the competition three times to move within two of UCG's record 34 wins.
Galwegians haven't made the most of their early-season form and sit ninth in Division 1A, but will be keen to put one over on their great rivals next weekend.
International Rugby Newsletter