Jamie Heaslip  is the new Leinster captain. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has given the captaincy of the province to Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip for the new season. Heaslip succeeds Leo Cu(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon: has no difficulty focusing on Saturday’s Munster game.

There are likely to be only two players involved at the Sportsground on Saturday who know what it is like to help Connacht def(...)

 Connacht head coach Pat Lam (centre) happy with the his Academy players. Photogrpah: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht have announced the the contract extensions of five of its current crop of players. The Academy set-up has produced another crop(...)

 New Connacht signing Craig Clarke looks on. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hooker Jason Harris Wright will captain a Connacht team that includes Super 15 winning secondrow Craig Clarke, who will make his debut for the Irish (...)

New Connacht head coach Pat Lam will be forced to promote from within. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After the heat wave, a bitterly tough winter is promised. For the readers who missed the mid-summer missive, the IRFU are €26 million in the red due t(...)