PETER JACKSON: 2003 protest a key moment for Connacht to break new ground

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline...

When the nascent Celtic League came to Galway in the late summer of 2001, a crowd officially estimated at 1,800 turned up for the opening match, against Edinburgh. They did not care much for what they saw.

Against Neath a fortnight later, 70% voted with their feet and the attendance shrunk to 550.

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