What time and what TV channel is Lions v Connacht? United Rugby Championship kick-off time, TV info and live stream
Connacht begin their South African tour of the United Rugby Championship this weekend with a clash against the Lions. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when?
Saturday’s match will take place at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg with kick off at 3.05pm Irish time.
What’s the team news?
Connacht manager Andy Friend said their two-game trip to South Africa was a chance to prepare for next season.
He didn’t bring any players who are leaving this summer for their games against the Lions this week and the Sharks the following Saturday.
Forwards: Jack Aungier, Finlay Bealham, Paul Boyle, Denis Buckley, Jarrad Butler, Oisín Dowling, Jordan Duggan, Leva Fifita, Dave Heffernan, Greg McGrath, Jonny Murphy Niall Murray, Conor Oliver, Cian Prendergast, Gavin Thornbury, Dylan Tierney-Martin
Back : Bundee Aki, Caolin Blade, Shayne Bolton, Jack Carty, Tom Daly, Tom Farrell, Conor Fitzgerald, Mack Hansen, Kieran Marmion, Tiernan O’Halloran, John Porch, Alex Wootton.
Where can I watch the game?
The match will be broadcast live on RTE 2 & FreeSports. The game is also streamed live on RTE Player and FreeSports Player.
What can I read and listen to in the prep on Independent.ie?
As URC reaches its peak, David Kelly looked at the roller coaster of the season so far.
And Saturday May 7 is set to be a bumper day for Irish rugby, as Munster and Leinster look to stage a Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against each other with a double header at the Aviva .
Cain Tracey also had a great chat with ex-Connacht winger Fionn Carr ahead of last weekend’s Champions Cup loss to Leinster, which is well worth catching up on.
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by the Belfast Telegraph’s Jonathan Bradley to discuss the Champions Cup Round of 16.
Leinster and Munster head to the quarter-finals after wins over Connacht and Exeter, with the southern province producing a classic Thomond Park performance to sweep Exeter.
The guys also look back on this drama in Belfast as Ulster was slain by death.
For more episodes of Left Wing, visit the show’s page at: www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/the-left-wing/
What are the odds of the match?
The Lions are favorites at 4/9 with Connacht 9/5 and the draw at 17/1.
What are the coaches saying?
“Our message is that we are going to be the first team to wipe out South African teams. Nobody has done that to date.
“We had a good win against the Bulls, a good win against the Stormers. It’s going to be hard. There have been 16 games played here (by European teams) and there has only been one win, so it’s going to be a big ask.
“We don’t come here just to fill two matches. We have to keep winning, to stay in the hunt and we have to prove to ourselves that we are worthy of victory.
We’ll bring you quotes from Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen once he faces the press.