Paul O’Connell, having given his all as Lions captain  in 2009, looked like he took about a year to recover. He was far from alone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) the Pro12 final in Murrayfield. Rather laughably, that weekend marks the penultimate round of regular(...)

 Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw celebrate in Thomond Park after Connacht beat Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) action for up to six weeks with a fractured hand. Having started at fullback in only his second Pro12(...)

Luke McGrath’s injury is not as bad as first feared and should be fit for the trip to Toulon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lions flanker thus remains a doubt for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 game in Glasgow. Meanwhile, scrumhalf(...)

Leinster fitness coach Daniel Tobin and Sean O’Brien. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

(...) last against Wasps, he trained on Monday and is available for selection this weekend for the Pro12 game(...)

Connacht and Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is facing six weeks out with a hand injury. Photograph: Inpho

(...) be a big blow for Lam, whose side now sit at the top of the Pro 12 having won seven of their eight(...)

Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has offered Wladimir Klitschko a rematch following his win in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. Photograph: Epa
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 30, 2015, 08:30

Park Connacht sit proudly at the top of the Pro 12 table after they marched on Thomond Park on(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway fails to stop Bundee Aki scoring a late try forConnacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connolly, making his first start in the Pro12, was outstanding in that period, ably backed up by 21-year(...)

 A Turkish Air Force plane used to transport the remains of late Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov  at Hatay airport,  Hatay, Turkey, November 29th, 2015. Photograph: EPA

(...) operates in rebel-held areas. The bodies of 31 had been identified, with 12 more awaiting identification(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki scores his side’s second try despite Andrew Conway of Munster Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) famous night for the province and Pro12 leaders. Scoring sequence: 11 mins: Ronaldson penalty, 0(...)

Kevin McLaughlin playing for Ireland for the last time, against New Zealand in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

(...) suffered concussive incidents, but not many, prior to a Guinness Pro12 game against Benetton Treviso in(...)