Declan Fitzpatrick scoring a try against the Dragons. The tighthead who was strong in the scrum and a marauding presence in the loose made 98 appearances for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Happenstance. In June 2004, Ireland and New Zealand contested the under-21 Rugby World Championship final at Hughenden in Glasgow. Declan Fitzpatrick (...)

Connacht’s Quinn Roux: “Quinn Roux is available to play this weekend, John Cooney is not. It is in their contracts,” said a Leinster official. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster have ensured only one of their two players on loan to Connacht will be available to play against them on Friday in Galway. South African lock(...)

Leinster secondrow Quinn Roux will join Connacht on loan until December 31st initially. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster are to loan secondrow Quinn Roux and scrumhalf John Cooney to Connacht next season.South African Roux, who will join on an initial deal up to(...)

Craig Clarke in action against Leinster during this season’s RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the Showgrounds. 	Photograph: Inpho

Craig Clarke’s retirement from rugby was confirmed yesterday by Connacht. The 30-year-old New Zealander was stood down after the Saracens match in Jan(...)

Former Wellington coach Andre Bell will be joining Connacht as backs coach with responsibility for the backline and kicking. Photograph: Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images

Connacht coach Pat Lam has personally thanked Joe Schmidt for ensuring the province recruited what the the provincial coach believes is the best possi(...)

 The signing of Mils Muliaina from the Waikato Chiefs is a clear statement of intent, not only by Connacht  themselves, but by the IRFU. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ever since the IRFU proposed shutting them down as a professional entity 11 years ago, Connacht have been a tad paranoid about the governing body’s in(...)

Connacht’s Michael Swift: was named as one of coach Pat Lam’s captains for the season. Photograph: Inpho

The Pro12’s most capped player, Michael Swift, is set to go on and on after signing a new one-year contract to remain with Connacht for a 15th (...)

England fullback  Mike Brown has been chosen as the top performer in this year’s Six Nations championship. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The appointment of a new chief executive for Connacht is imminent. The second round of interviews took place last(...)

Craig Clarke: career in doubt after suffering ten concussions over a 22-month period. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht skipper Craig Clarke is to undergo a scan which is likely to determine whether if he can resume his playing career. The career o(...)

Connacht’s Craig Clarke leaves the field after the Saracens game last month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht captain Craig Clarke has been forced to stop playing rugby for “an unspecified number of weeks” after suffering his 10th concussion in 22 mon(...)