Connacht’s coach Pat Lam celebrates with skills coach Dave Ellis after the province’s Pro12 victory over Munster at  The Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: Inpho

GERRY THORNLEY This truly felt momentous, seismic even. In front of a record, near 8,000 sell-out, Saturday night at the Sportsground witnessed not (...)

 Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw: “We have to simply concentrate on the 80 minutes that’s in front of us, do one thing well, move on to the next job and do that well and then we’ll get the right result.” Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

In a tournament so parochial by nature, the Six Nations mood music will always strike a familiar tone, but for Scotland it seems to be stuck on repea(...)

Jack Conan in training earlier this week: player is  among the eight changes within the squad that Leo Cullen has made for the Cardiff Blues game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cardiff Blues v Leinster, Cardiff Arms Park, 3.0pm (Sky Sports 1) The misfortune suffered by Mike McCarthy that has prematurely ended his season a(...)

Francis Saili in action as Munster defeat Treviso 28-5 in Italy in the last round of European Champions Cup games. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Treviso 5 Munster 28 Not to be another name on the their wall. That was the request and that’s what Munster head coach Anthony Foley got from his si(...)

Rolle Village & Prosecco Vineyards, Veneto, Italy

‘This is the path to happiness. The way to pleasure!” says a passer-by, pointing to his mouth. He waves his flute at me. “La Nostre Vie. Our way!” We(...)

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys: “You have to fight that bit harder for recognition and respect, not in a bad way, but you know you are on your own.” Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

The last decade has shown that club loyalty in rugby is only as strong as the contract. The business of sport has ensured that. Leaving, as Johnny Se(...)

Connacht number eight Eoghan Masterson during squad training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Edinburgh The Sportsground, Saturday, October 31st, 7.45pm Connacht may not be swaggering, but there is reason for optimism (...)

 Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Leinster, who look certain to keep Leo Cullen as head coach this season but will recruit a backs coach before November, open their Guinness Pro12 camp(...)

 Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “If we lose this week, it’s all over, it’s finished. We have to put all our energy and focus on getting the win ourselves and see what happens elsewhere.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht are throwing everything into bagging a win against Zebre this weekend, while also hoping results elsewhere go their way to boost their dwind(...)

Seán Cronin, in action here for Leinster in their Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon, has underwent   surgery to repair tendon damage in a shoulder and will be out for 12 weeks. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland and Leinster hooker Seán Cronin underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair tendon damage to a shoulder and is ruled out for the re(...)