Craggy Rugby podcast
Leinster home review
Season 6, Ep. 66
Connacht started the game like a whirlwind but got blown away by a hurricane of a performance by the PRO14 champions in the Sportsground in round 2 of the Rainbow Cup.The Craggy crew are not too despondent with the home team been hammered by one of the best teams in Europe and are buzzing about Bundee Aki becoming Connacht's 4th British and Irish Lion.We also hear the post-match thoughts of Andy Friend and Peter Sullivan.
Jimmy Duffy on team selection for Leinster home
Season 6, Ep. 65
William Davies chatted to Connacht forwards coach Jimmy Duffy about the team selection for the home match against Leinster in the Sportsground on Saturday evening.
Leinster home preview in Rainbow Cup
Season 6, Ep. 64
Connacht have an unusual opportunity to complete a double over Leinster when the PRO14 champions arrive in the Sportsground on Saturday evening.Linley Mackenzie, Sports Editor for the Galway Advertiser and Connacht Rugby correspondent for the Irish Times joins resident Craggy statsman Danny Deegan and host Alan Deegan to discuss the challenge that the Leinster will represent to a resurgent Connacht as well as hearing about the new signing Mack Hansen, the contract extension for Abraham Papali'i and the new forwards coach Dewald Senekal.We also hear the thoughts of Dave Heffernan and Andy Friend from the Connacht press conference as well as some snippets of James Tracey and Stuart Lancaster from the Leinster press conference.
Ulster away review
Season 6, Ep. 63
Who knew how important the new law allowing the captain to challenge a refereeing decision would be in changing the result of a match, well now we know. Connacht came from 10 points behind in Belfast to record only their second win in 61 years away to their northern neighbours while also securing their first ever bonus point win in the Kingspan Stadium.Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the game and we hear from Dan McFarland, Andy Friend, Caolin Blade and Eoghan Masterson in the post match press conferences.Rob and William are joined by Alan Deegan to dissect a result that gives Connacht a fighting chance to make a go at winning the Rainbow Cup.
Nigel Carolan on team to play Ulster in Belfast
Season 6, Ep. 62
William Davies caught up with Nigel Carolan to discuss the team selected to take on Ulster in the first interpro of the Rainbow Cup in Belfast. We also get the latest squad update for Connacht as well as the thoughts of Ulster skill coach Dan Soper and Jacob Stockdale on the threat that Connacht pose to the northern province in round 1.
Ulster away preview
Season 6, Ep. 61
The Rainbow Cup has finally arrived, all be it a very fragmented tournament and Connacht get the opportunity to play 3 more interpros, with a trip to Belfast first on the list.William Davies spoke to Andy Friend, Jimmy Duffy and Finlay Bealham in the press conference and he is joined by Linley MacKenzie, Danny Deegan and host Alan Deegan to preview the match as well as talk about the impending departure of Jimmy Duffy and the struggles of the Irish Women's team against France.
Leicester away review
Season 6, Ep. 60
A disappointing finish to the season for Connacht as they once again fail to register a win in England as they were well beaten by Leicester Tigers. We hear the post-match thoughts go Andy Friend and Paul Boyle while Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the match.William and Rob are joined by Alan Deegan to try and make sense of another Jekyll and Hyde performance by this talented but flawed squad.
Bonus podcast pre Leicester
Season 6, Ep. 59
It's a European knockout match and there has been some more big news from Connacht this week so a bonus podcast is needed.William Davies interviews Pete Wilkins about the team selection for the Leicester match as a well as getting a little insight into Wilkins new role as Senior coach for next season.William also interviewed BBC Leicester's main rugby commentator Adam Whitty about the surprising team selections that Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick has made for the match, with effectively a 2nd string team being put out to take on Connacht.William is joined by Alan Deegan to talk about the shock news of Jimmy Duffy's impending departure as forwards coach and quickly look at the 2 new appointments to the coaching staff for next season, Colm Tucker and Mossy Lawler.
Midweek prior to Leicester Tigers away
Season 6, Ep. 58
It's a big European week for Connacht as they take on the might of the Leicester Tigers for the first time in a competitive match and the Craggy Crew cogitate over how the western province can break their hoodoo of loses in England with only 2 wins ever recorded on English soil.The crew also pay tribute to Nigel Carolan who announced his departure from Connacht last week and we hear from the man himself, as well as head coach Andy Friend and rising star Paul Boyle as they talk to William at the midweek press conference.