Connacht Set To Sack Head Coach Kieran Keane


Connacht Rugby are set to sack their head coach Kieran Keane after just one season in charge of the western province.

Brendan Fanning of The Irish Independent says Keane and Connacht are set to part company, just one season into the Kiwi’s three-year contract. The former Chiefs assistant came in over the summer to replace Pat Lam.

The province gave captain John Muldoon the perfect send-off over the weekend with a demolition of rivals Leinster at the Sportsground, but all in all – it’s been a rather disappointing season for the former PRO12 champions.

Connacht finished in second last place in their Guinness PRO14 conference, one spot above Zebre, meaning they miss out on Champions Cup qualification. They qualified for the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup but were beaten soundly at home in their quarter-final tie by Gloucester.

The report says a statement is not expected in all ‘loose ends’ are tied up with Keane’s contract, but a search for a replacement is already said to be underway.