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French Connection For Connoly

French Connection For Connoly

John Connolly heads back to France this weekend with the Australian-born coach facing the mammoth task of getting his beleagured Swansea side up for a hugely demanding trip to in-form Montferrand.

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Reeling from Friday night’s humbling 62-6 loss to Llanelli the off-colour All Whites leave Connolly, the former Stade Francais coach, well aware of the task ahead.

Montferrand are unbeaten in 19 Heineken Cup and European Shield matches at home, and average nearly 50 points every game at the Parc des Sports Marcel-Michelin.

“They’re pretty hard at home, so we’ll just have to go over and give it our best shot,” Connolly said.

“Things don’t get any easier, do they?” said Connoly.

Swansea will have to maintain discipline if they are to come away from France with a creditbale result.

The St Helens side had wing Gavin Henson and flanker Dean Thomas sent off in the defeat to Llaneeli- and a repeat performance against the might of Montferrand will inevitably lead to problem.

Swansea suffered another blow yesterday with the news that verteran hooker Garin Jenkins is to retire.

The 58 times capped Welsh front row has suffered with back problems for some time, and has decided it is time to call it a day.

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