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A rugby podcast based in the west of Ireland with weekly shows focusing on the exploits of Connacht in the PRO14 and Europe, plus much more.

A rugby podcast based in the west of Ireland with weekly shows focusing on the exploits of Connacht in the PRO14 and Europe, plus much more.
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A rugby podcast based in the west of Ireland with weekly shows focusing on the exploits of Connacht in the PRO14 and Europe, plus much more.




Overcome by Ospreys - Craggy Rugby podcast

Connacht conceded a try bonus win to an under-strength Ospreys in Bridgend last Friday evening. Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the match and they are joined by Linley MacKenzie to pick at the bones on a disappointing Connacht display. We hear from Andy Friend and Kieran Marmion and get the Osprey's perpective from coach Allen Clark


Midweek Prior to Ospreys Away - Craggy Rugby podcast

William Davies chatted to assistant coach Nigel Carolan and captain Jarrad Butler at the Connacht press conference about the disappointment of a possible opportunity lost in Sale and the season shaping matchup against Ospreys in Wales. William is joined by Alan Deegan at the Connacht Hotel, where more detailed plans of the proposed new stadium were on show, to critique the Sale match and discuss the challenge the Ospreys present. We hear from some fans about the new stadium and how it is a...


Callow Connacht Sunk in Sale by Sharks - Craggy Rugby podcast

Callow Connacht conceded a try bonus point win to Sale Sharks in the Challenge Cup at the AJ Bell stadium last Saturday. The Craggy Crew were on hand to mull over a disappointing defeat following a promising first half performance. Rob Murphy and William Davies take you through the match and then interview Andy Friend, Caolin Blade and Sale coach Steve Diamond after the match. Linley MacKenzie, Dave Finn and Alan Deegan then join in on the conversation to round out the podcast.


Midweek prior to Sale - Craggy Rugby podcast

William Davies chats to Andy Friend and Tom Farrell about the win over Bordeaux-Begles and the huge challenge facing them in Sale on Saturday. He also spoke with Quinn Roux who signed a two year extension that sees him staying with Connacht until 2021. Linley MacKenzie joins William to review last weekend and preview the trip to Manchester. We also hear from Connacht Eagles head coach Mossy Lawlor and captain Johnny Murphy on a tough but worthwhile season for the Connacht Eagles.


Bordeaux-Begles beaten in Challenge Cup Craggy Rugby podcast

Connacht got their Challenge Cup campaign off to a solid start with a 12 point victory over Bordeaux-Begles. Alan Deegan, William Davies, Linley MacKenzie and Dave Finn pick over the underwhelming victory in the post match analysis. We hear from Andy Friend and dual try scorer Kyle Godwin in the post match interviews, while Bordeaux-Begles coach, and William also interviewed Bordeaux-Begles coach Rory Teague.


New Sportsground stadium announcement a Craggy Rugby special

Connacht CEO sat down with Linley MacKenzie and gave a detailed interview on the how and why of the stadium plan for the Sportsground. The Craggy Crew gathered to discuss what this means for rugby in the province in a podcast special.


Midweek prior to Bordeaux

William Davies spoke to defense coach Pete Wilkins and outhalf Jack Carty at this weeks press conference about the historic win in Belfast, the challenges of Bordeaux and the excitement of the stadium announcement. William in joined by Linley MacKenzie to ruminate on the Ulster win and we also hear from Belfast Newsletter rugby correspondent Richard Mulligan. Craig Doyle talks about the upcoming Shoulder to Shoulder documentary about the unifying effect of rugby during the Troubles that...


Connacht reign at Kingspan - Craggy Rugby podcast

Connacht win in Belfast for the first time in the professional era and end a run of 26 away defeats that span 58 years of both the amateur and professional rugby era. The Craggy Crew cogitate on a great result, if not a great performance, in an incident pack match. We hear from Connacht head coach Andy Friend, prop Finlay Bealham as well as Ulster coach Dan McFarland.


Midweek prior to Ulster in Belfast

William Davies spoke with Connacht coach Andy Friend and 2nd row Ultan Dillane at the press conference prior to the Ulster match where they were bullish about the Western province's chances of a win in Belfast in over 60 years. William is joined by Alan Deegan to review last weekends fixtures and look forward to what is sure to be a seismic 2nd weekend of interpros and Welsh derbies.


Connacht Schooled by Lethal Leinster - Craggy Rugby podcast

A fully loaded Leinster taught Connacht a lesson in ruthless efficiency in both defense and attack as they avenged their defeat from last season. Rob Murphy, Linley MacKenzie, William Davies, Dave Finn and Alan Deegan dissect the match and we hear from Andy Friend, Dave Heffernan and Leo Cullen as they give their thoughts after a hugely intense first interpro of the season.


Midweek Leinster Preview - Craggy Rugby Podcast

The PRO14 continues this weekend with the first inter-provincial of the season as Connacht host Leinster. Host William Davies and Linley MacKenzie bring you all the news from this week's press conference where Jimmy Duffy and Sean O'Brien spoke to the assembled media. We also have a feature on the Connacht Eagles, William, Linley and Dave Finn were at their Friday night fixture with the Ospreys last week and William caught up with Head Coach Mossy Lawler and captain Kieran Joyce afterwards.


Scarlets Scuppered - Craggy Rugby Podcast

A momentous day at the Sportsground on Saturday saw Connacht come out on top against a strong Scarlets side to win 33-20 and move onto eleven points in the standings, it also saw a half time parade for the under 18 boys and girls sides that both won inter-provincial titles this month. On the show host Rob Murphy is joined by Dave Finn, Niall Sheil and Linley Mackenzie to discuss the game, William Davies presents the in match coverage and we hear post game audio from Andy Friend, Jack Carty...


Midweek Scarlets Preview - Craggy Rugby Podcast

Our Connacht Scarlets preview is hosted by William Davies this week and he's joined by Linley Mackenzie to look forward to the clash with the Scarlets this Saturday. We hear from Andy Friend and Tiernan O'Halloran ahead of the key PRO14 clash. We also look back at last weekend's women's rugby action where Connacht got a first wind and the Under 18 girls made history by securing the inter-provincial title for the first time.


Edinburgh Hold off Connacht - Craggy Rugby podcast

On Friday night in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh took the spoils with a 17-10 win over Connacht withstanding a late surge from the westerners after dominating the first hour of the contest. Andy Friend's side earned a late bonus point however and will take some positives, we hear from Friend, Paul Boyle and an irate Richard Cockerell in the post game show that is hosted by Rob Murphy and includes the thoughts of William Davies and Linley Mackenzie.


Mid week prior to Edinburgh - Craggy Rugby podcast

William talks to Andy Friend and Kieran Marmion at the midweek press conference in the lead up to Connacht's first away match of the season. We also hear from Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerhill. William and Alan review last weekends results and go through the upcoming PRO14 fixture list.


Zapping Zebre - Craggy Rugby podcast

Connacht dispatched a lacklustre Zebre at a wet and windy Sportsground to kick start their season with a try bonus win. William Davies and Alan Deegan take you through the match and Linley MacKenzie and Dave Finn analyse a very satisfying win. We hear from Andy Friend and Denis Buckley as well as Zebre coach Michael Bradley with their views on the match. The Connacht Women had a day to forget when Leinster held them scoreless on Sunday and we hear from a very disappointed head coach Ja...


Mid-week prior to Zebre - Craggy Rugby podcast

William Davies talked to Connacht's back coach Nigel Carolan and winger Cian Kelleher about getting over the disappointment of the Glasgow loss and the challenge of a high flying Zebre. Alan Deegan joins William and they chat about where Connacht are after week 1, the challenge of Zebre in week 2, we hear from Michael Bradley on what he expects for Zebre, there is a quick chat about the Women's interpro defeat in Cork and the lads are joined by Rob Murphy to chat about why Craggy are looking...


Ground down by Glasgow - Craggy Rugby podcast

On a beautiful sunny day Connacht lost to Glasgow in the Sportsground when the visitors reverted to playing wet weather rugby by sticking the ball up their jumpers to grind out a valuable away win. The Craggy Crew of Rob Murphy, Linley MacKenzie, William Davies, Dave Finn and Alan Deegan take you through the match and analyse what another season starting loss means to Connacht. We hear from a dejected Andy Friend and Kyle Godwin to get the Connacht view point on the defeat. A relieved Dave...


Pre Glasgow, Pre Munster, U18s Club Champions - Craggy Rugby podcast

PRO14 preview, Women's Interpro preview, U18s are Interprovincial Club Champions, Mike McCarthy, it's another busy podcast for the Craggy Crew. We hear from Jack Carty and Tom Farrell at the impressive TG4 launch in the Sportsground. William chats to Women's captain Grainne Egan, second row Amelie Roux and backs coach Brian Murphy about the upcoming Interpro series. We hear from the captain of the successful U18s team, Darragh Murray and their coach Colm Tucker after their impressive victory...


2018 2019 PRO14 season launch edition

Andy Friend, Jarrad Butler, Joe Schmidt, this podcast has them all and more. William and Alan covered both the preseason friendly against Wasps in Athlone and the PRO14 season launch in Glasgow this week. We also hear Craggy Crew regulars Linley MacKenzie and Rob Murphy give their thoughts on the upcoming season. New signing Kyle Godwin spoke to us after the Wasps game and we have audio from Connacht's first two opponents in the upcoming PRO14 campaign, Dave Rennie of Glasgow and Michael...