Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw goes over for a try in the  Challenge Cup game against Enisei-STM at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 47 Enisei-STM 5 Job done, an eighth European Challenge Cup quarter-final secured, and a date in France in April is something coach Pat Lam (...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Newcastle’s Belisario Agulla scores a try in the left corner during the second half. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Newcastle 29 - 5 Connacht It was simply an injury too far for Connacht. Robbed of 19 European squad members and fielding a host of Academy players,(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade dejected after the defeat. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Newcastle Falcons 29 Connacht Rugby 5 It was simply an injury too far for Connacht. Robbed of 20 squad members and fielding a host of Academy players(...)

Pat Lam has 22 fit players for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Newcastle. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht boss Pat Lam has named 22 players, including all nine fit backs at his disposal, for Sunday’s Challenge Cup trip to play Newcastle. Lam has (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “You want a full complement to select from, but the thing that I’m pleased with is the way that we have trained as a squad.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam yesterday insisted it is just another game, with another four points on the line. But in travelling to Thomond Park on Saturday atop the Guin(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: It’s getting tougher with English clubs getting salary cap rises. It’s going to be like a shark pool for talent so we want to have an environment that people want to stay in.” Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, just his second day in the job and he still can’t shake off Argentina. As he adjusts from life at international level and the World Cup vall(...)

Connacht’s Danie Poolman celebrates scoring a try against Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht 36 Cardiff 31 Connacht secured a deserved bonus-point win over the Cardiff Blues in a nine-try Pro 12 fixture at the Galway Sportsgrou(...)

Connacht’s Danie Poolman scores his side’s second try despite Nick Scott of Dragons at the Galway Sportsground last evening. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 29 Dragons 23 Connacht opened their Guinness Pro 12 season with a valuable home win, edging a lively encounter against the Newport Gwe(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “If we get the win, then we’ll see what happens. But it’s like anything. We said top six and we know it’s not in our full control.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lam is hoping Connacht’s Lotto numbers come up this weekend as they continue to drive towards attaining their goal of finishing in the top six of (...)