Connacht facing uncertain future
Connacht, traditionally the weakest of the four Irish provinces, are facing an uncertain future as the IRFU look at their options for next season.
Although the Irish Union Chief Executive Philip Browne insists that no conclusion has been reached, discussion have taken place which would see the western province only take part in the Inter-provincial series, but have no place in any Celtic league or European Competitions.
Such a proposal would see Connacht with a small number of full time professionals, supplemented by part-timers from the other provinces for the Inter-provincial series. Their full time players would then be available for the other provinces in external competitions.
With only two European Cup places guaranteed for Irish sides next year, and any Celtic league likely to have only three Irish representatives this would seem a sound proposal, but as yet the Connacht branch have not responded.