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Boyle eager to reclaim Connacht place and keep Euro dream alive

By Declan Rooney

Paul Boyle missed the cut for Connacht last week, but he wants to take that frustration out on Gloucester as the province seek to rescue their Champions Cup hopes on Saturday.

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The former Ireland U-20 player was left out for last weekend's game in Kingsholm and was left to rue his absence as Connacht wilted in the face of a stern Gloucester challenge.

The Gorey native played the previous week in Connacht's unconvincing win over Southern Kings, and now that they're back at the Sportsground again the No.8 wants to help his side to a second win of the competition.

"It is really tough not playing. There is huge competition for places and although we got five points from the Kings game, as a team we really didn't perform well, and as an individual I wasn't particularly happy with how I went either," said Boyle.

"There was a couple of small basic errors and that cost me my place at the weekend. I've been training hard this week and I want to get back on the horse and put in a good performance."

Connacht started their Champions Cup pool with a win over Montpellier in Galway, but since then an impressive performance away to Toulouse went unrewarded, while last weekend's performance underwhelmed.

Sitting on four points in the standings, three bonus-point wins in their remaining games could still see them qualify as one of three best runners-up.

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