Leinster prop Marty Moore is close to a return from injury. Photograph: Inpho

Pretty much in a good place, says Girvan Dempsey about his squad’s recovering bodies. A little light shines on Leinster then this week. Dempsey’s s(...)

 Finlay Bealham is tackled by Munster duo Billy Holland and Donnacha Ryan –  the Connacht man’s  technique around the breakdown was magnificent.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As soon as the final whistle blew I left the Sportsground. I collected my car at The Connacht Hotel and off to Dublin I went to catch a long haul plan(...)

Connacht’s 24-year-old prop Finlay Bealham left Ulster to go west in 2011 when he was offered a place in the province’s academy. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

It’s becoming mantra-like now and not only do all of Connacht’s players play as one but speak as one too. This is a squad that are playing and talkin(...)

Connacht’s Jason Harris-Wright, Andrew Browne, Bundee Aki and Eoin McKeon celebrate after beating Munster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 35 Munster 14 When the heat came on, there was simply no ignoring form and home advantage. Roared on by all four sides of the ground on a pe(...)

 Niyi Adeolokun scores Connacht’s third try despite the tackle of Munster’s  Darren Sweetnam during the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 35 Munster 14 In a season of memories and landmarks, Connacht didn’t so much complete their first ever seasonal double over Munster rivals b(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Connacht against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Matt Healy will revert to his familiar role on the wing when Connacht take on Munster at The Sportsground on Saturday. Healy was electric from fullba(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Grenoble’s Nigel Hunt in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While strolling out of the Clarion Hotel car park on Wednesday a ‘mature’ and stocky gentleman standing in front of the ticket machine, somewhat conf(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy goes past Grenoble fullback Gio Aplon to score his side’s fourth try in a dramatic Challenge Cup quarter-final. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thunderous roar which greeted the full-time whistle must have echoed to the top of the snow-kissed peaks of the Alps that overlook Grenoble’s new (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)