Craig Ronaldson converts Connacht’s first try. Photograph: INPHO/Craig Thomas

Cardiff Blues 18 Connacht 17Connacht were forced to swallow the most bitter pill of defeat last evening when the Cardiff Blues stole this Pro 12 fixtu(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Aly Muldowney will be up against many former team-mates in Sunday’s Challenge Cup match. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Aly Muldowney may not register on the try count all that often but when he does touchdown, his tries tend to be remembered. He did three seasons ago i(...)

Shane Jennings suffered recurrence of his hamstring injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpjo

Rob Kearney, Eoin Reddan, Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings and Marty Moore – each of whom has been sidelined of late – were all reported to have come thr(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw gets past JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 16“Typical Sportsground weather,” ventured one of the car park attendants, and if ever there was a clichéd picture of an interpro (...)

Robbie Henshaw returns to partner Bundee Aki in the Connacht midfield for their New Year’s Day fixture against Munster in Galway (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Connacht welcome Munster to the Sportsground on New Year’s Day needing a win to keep in touch with the Pro12’s top sides, and coach Pat Lam has named (...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion breaks free to score his sides opening try against Leinster at the Showgrounds last September. Photo: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Over the next fortnight Irish rugby’s internecine rivalries won’t be for the squeamish as provincial bloodletting is disputed ferociously, in pursuit(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

 Robbie Henshaw not available to Connacht this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw will not make the starting line-up for the European Challenge Cup clash with French Top 14 side Bayonne at the Sportsground (...)