Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is shown a yellow card and sinbinned by referee Romain Poite during the European Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As one Connacht player put it, when you’re at the bottom of the food chain you get dry bread. It’s often said in team sports that the perceived ‘bigge(...)

Connacht will travel to play Gloucester in their Champions Cup play-off without the injured Kieran Marmion. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht’s pursuit of a Champions Cup spot for next season continues on Sunday as they travel to Kingsholm to play Gloucester in a European play-off.P(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam will need to address the dichotomy of his team’s performance as they head to Gloucester on Sunday for another opportunity to p(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki is tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys during the Guinness Pro 12 game at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 20 Ospreys 24 Connacht finished in seventh place in this season’s Guinness Pro 12 to keep their hopes of Champions Cup rugby alive. (...)

MIchael Swift is on the bench for his final home game before Connacht retirement. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht boss Pat Lam has made three changes to his side ahead of Saturday’s fixture against table-toppers the Ospreys at the Sportsground.The game pr(...)

Leinster assistant coach Richie Murphy: “Our squad is our squad.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster can’t seem to get away from reminders of their travails in this season’s Guinness Pro12, the latest being their lack of representatives on t(...)

Connacht prop  Denis Buckley has been named in the Guinness Pro12 Dream Team of the season. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seven players from Irish provinces have made the Guinness Pro 12 Dream Team of the season, but there’s no place for any Leinster player after they (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley tries to get away from Ulster’s Callum Black. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Much debate abounds regarding our provinces, especially with two French sides in tomorrow’s European Rugby Champions Cup final. Watching the Aviva (...)

“You could say this is our toughest game of the season,” said Connacht coach Pat Lam. “It’s up to us to go out and perform as a team.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s most compelling league campaign ever has arguably been the story of the Pro12 season, although the wheels appear to have come off their au(...)

New Zealand-born Tom McCartney is one of Connacht’s more seasoned players. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top frontrows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Irela(...)