“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(...)

Jared Payne will line up against international centre partner Robbie Henshaw in Ulster’s game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht for their Pro 12 clash against Ulster on Saturday while Neil Doak welcomes back Ireland Six Nations winning trio Rory (...)

Robbie Hanshaw starts for Connacht against Gloucester in their Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Mils Muliaina has been named in Connacht’s starting line up for their Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester just a day after it was announced(...)

 Connacht’s John Muldoon in action against Munster at Thomond Park. The flanker believes Connacht are the most confident they have ever been going into a quarter-final. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Despite past defeats and near misses, Connacht captain John Muldoon still has his sights on the main prize ahead of Friday evening’s European quarter(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls celebrates scoring his side’s sixth try in the win against Connacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 42 Connacht 20Munster ended up with six tries and a bonus-point victory, skewed slightly by scoring three in the final eight minutes, although(...)

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso - Try scorer Tiernan O’Halloran of Connacht and Meyer Swanepoel of Benetton Treviso. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Connacht 53 Benetton Treviso 5On a day when Connacht celebrated Robbie Henshaw’s first try and man of the match display in an Ireland shirt, Pat Lam’s(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw gets past JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 16“Typical Sportsground weather,” ventured one of the car park attendants, and if ever there was a clichéd picture of an interpro (...)

Robbie Henshaw returns to partner Bundee Aki in the Connacht midfield for their New Year’s Day fixture against Munster in Galway (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Connacht welcome Munster to the Sportsground on New Year’s Day needing a win to keep in touch with the Pro12’s top sides, and coach Pat Lam has named (...)