Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler brushes off Connacht’s Eoin Griffin on his way to scoring a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match at the  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Ospreys 45 Connacht 20: Centre Ashley Beck crossed for two tries as the Ospreys signed off their Pro12 season with a bonus point win over Connacht at (...)

Andrew Conway breaks clear to score Munster’s first try in the  RaboDirect Pro12 game against Connacht at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 23 Munster 32: Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final again(...)

Dave McSharry: returns to the Connacht line-up for   a first start in ten months.

Pat Lam might legitimately wonder when he’s due a change in fortune but he might also concede that Connacht need to be more creative in their patterns(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam is struggling with an escalation of injury problems. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Sport has an uncanny knack of reuniting people. On Friday night at the RDS Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan shifted to inside centre for the last nine min(...)

 Leinster’s Ian Madigan will hope to impress at home to  Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For some curious reason Connacht have tended to take Leinster’s scalp more readily than those of their other inter-provincial rivals, but having stunn(...)

 Ian Madigan and Shane Jennings in training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to freshen up the team for tomorrow’s visit of Connacht to the RDS (6.45) for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash.Luke F(...)

Connacht’s George Naoupu stretches to score Connacht’s first try despite the tackle of Zebre’s Matias Aguero. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Zebre 6 Connacht 33: Connacht’s slim hopes of qualifying from Heineken Cup Pool Three were resurrected in Parma where they saw off European whipping b(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam says his side are ready for high-flying Saracens. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht prop Rodney Ah You will start alongside Brett Wilkinson and Seán Henry in Friday’s Heineken Cup opener against Saracens at the Sportsground ((...)

Andrew Trimble return for Ulster after finger surgery. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has recovered from injury and is included in the Ulster team to face RaboDirect Pro12 leaders the Ospreys at the Liberty(...)

Eli Walker of the Ospreys scores a try against Connacht during the  RaboDirect Pro12 at the Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht 26 Ospreys 43: Dan Biggar claimed an 18-point haul in a six-try Ospreys performance as the power-packed visitors overcame Connacht in the Rab(...)