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CONNACHT take on WASPS on Saturday week at Dubarry Park

published:Aug  06   2018

Buccaneers club is gearing up for the first match of the new season which sees Connacht take on Wasps in what should be a quality friendly at Dubarry Park on Saturday week, August 18th. Kick off is 3 p.m. It will be Connacht’s first game under new head coach Andy Friend and Wasps, who finished third in the English Premiership, will provide stiff opposition. The visitors, who will play in holders Leinster pool in the forthcoming Champions Cup, are backboned by a plethora of top-class international players from all over the globe. A big physical, pacey squad, they should prove a massive attraction at the Athlone venue.

 

Captained by Joe Launchbury who has fellow England internationals Elliott Daly, Nathan Hughes and Kieran Brookes among his clubmates, Wasps have further bolstered their ambitions by signing Lima Sopoago, Michael LeBourgeois and Ambrose Curtis in recent weeks. Sopoago joins from the Highlanders and the holder of 18 caps for the All Blacks is a top quality replacement fly-half for the departing Danny Cipriani. Winger Curtis is a regular on the New Zealand Sevens squad while centre LeBourgeois joins from Bedford. South African capped No.8 Nizaam Carr has extended his contract at the Coventry based club who signed flying Fiji winger Gabrielle Lovobalavu last season. A player not mentioned previously in this column is Dan Robson, the lively scrumhalf looking a likely England international in the not too distant future.

 

Tickets and Pre-Match function info

 

Tickets are available via www.connachtrugby.ie and are favourably priced as follows:- Stand €15 (selling strongly); Ground €10; Junior €5; and Family €20 (admits 2 adults + 2 juniors to ground, and is really good value indeed).

 

Buccaneers are holding a pre-match function including 3-course meal with wine in The Bounty and complimentary Stand ticket. Groups and individuals can be catered for. Email rugby@dubarrypark.com to book or phone 0861732711.