Brive vs Connacht: Challenge Cup preview

Brive vs Connacht: Challenge Cup preview

French side Brive take on Irish province Connacht tonight in the second round of the Challenge Cup. 

Both sides had contrasting opening weeks to the first rounds of the tournament.

Connacht won comfortably against the Newcastle Falcons in Galway last week, while Brive were hammered by Cardiff Rugby in Wales.

Andy Friend's Connacht side will travel to the Stade Amédée-Doménech tomorrow tonight to face their French counterparts. 

Here's more detail  on the game today.

Galway , Ireland - 9 October 2021; Tom Farrell of Connacht is tackled by Taine Basham, left, and Mesake Doge of Dragons during the United Rugby Championship match between Connacht and Dragons at The Sportsground in Galway. (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

When is it on?

Friday, December 16th

What TV station is it on?.

The game is not on TV, but can be streamed via or FloRugby.

What time does it start?

Kick off is at 20:00pm Irish time

Where is it on? 


Odds for the game

Connacht team for the game


Fullback: 15.Conor Fitzgerald

Winger: 14.Adam Byrne

Centres: 13.Bundee Aki, 12. Tom Daly

Winger: 11.Diarmuid Kilgallen

Outhalf: 10.David Hawkshaw 9,. Scrumhalf. Kieran Marmion

Front row: 1. Peter Dooley, 2. Shane Delahunt,3. Sam Illo

Second row: 4.Darragh Murray , 5. Gavin Thornbury

Backrow: 6. Oisin Dowling, 7. Shamus Hurley-Langton, 8. Paul Boyle

16. Dave Heffernan, 17. Jordan Duggan, 18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 19. Niall Murray, 20. Ciaran Booth ,21. Colm Reilly, 22. Byron Ralston, 23. Oran McNulty

Where are both teams in their domestic tables?

Brive are rooted bottom of the top 14

Connacht are also 11th in the the URC table.

What happened last time the sides met ?

The sides last met in the Challenge cup in 2017, where Connacht beat the French side 55-10.

Brive's last win against the Irish side was in 2016, where they beat them 21-18.

What have the people said ?

Connacht director of rugby Andy Friend: “What we do know is they tend not to travel well – testament to a 41-0 beating by Cardiff – but they tend to be very proud of their home record. So it will be interesting to see what side they pick, hopefully their best because we want to play against their best and prove ourselves.”

He added: A French team at their home ground is a tough challenge no matter who we face, and Brive will be exactly that tomorrow night. I’m confident we have a group of 23 men who will meet that challenge head on in what will be a physical encounter. There’ll be a few familiar faces in the opposition that we’ll look forward to catching up with after the game.”