CONNACHT will host Leinster at Sportsground in their Champions Cup knockout tie in April and will not be looking for a larger venue.
Capacity will be just over 8,000 for the first leg against Leo Cullen’s men and while Leinster may consider bringing the game back to Aviva, Andy Friend and Co are sticking with their Galway home ground.
Earlier this season, they brought their URC clash with Ulster to Aviva Stadium.
Pete Wilkins admits they are looking forward to the clashes – they will meet three times in four weeks, with one in Galway also at the end of March.
The Connacht coach said: “We love to play at the Sports Court and the atmosphere is created there.
“We’ve passed a lot of tournaments in Europe so it seems a bit off-putting and there’s rugby that’s really important, especially in the next two weeks, that we have to focus on.
“But being still in that competition and having that competitor adds to the excitement. That would be a really good occasion. ”
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Connacht returns to URC action on Saturday when Denis Buckley – who suffered a serious injury in his 200th game last summer – will return to Glasgow.
Ireland internationals Bundee Aki and Finlay Bealham, who missed Sunday’s 37-31 loss at the Stade Francais, will be available for the Six Nations mission.
And Wilkins said: “Finlay has a problem with his back and it’s just a minor problem. I’m not sure about the national team’s schedule but the Bundee are there and with them, not us.”
Wilkins praised Jack Carty’s form, who has been plagued by international colds since he won his tenth win over Russia at the 2019 World Cup.
“There’s been a fighting quality in the way Jack has approached it since that World Cup,” he said.
“We have never doubted Jack’s ability and the quality he brings to this team.
“People outside the camp have seen that and are commenting on it, whether it’s his invitation to this Irish group, to the media, to supporters, even talking to the opposite coach. . . he made an impression on everyone. ”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/rugby-union/8263646/connacht-set-to-host-leinster-at-sportsground-champions-cup/ Connacht set to host Leinster at Sportsground as province won’t be looking for bigger venue for first leg Champions Cup clash