Munster’s Robin Copeland (right) was outstanding for the Irish team in the IRB Nations Cup Bucharest. Photograph: ©INPHO/FFR.RO

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Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Seán Dougall is the meat in the sandwich as the Munster man is tackled by Connacht’s Craig Clarke and Dan Parks in last night’s game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Connacht’s Jake Heenan makes the hard yards against Toulouse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulouse 14 Connacht 16: Connacht have produced the greatest European upset of this or any season with a remarkable 16-14 victory at the Stade Erne(...)

Connacht  coach Pat Lam:  “We want the four points, we want the win, but the real focus is on us playing as a team.” Photograph: Inpho

Connacht’s new coach Pat Lam knows there will be massive expectation as his charges face Zebre, a club that has yet to win a match in the Pro 12 sinc(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw, whose late try was crucial to Connacht’s win in Edinburgh. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Edinburgh 24 Connacht 32: Little to separate the two sides on the league table, and little to separate them on the evening, but in the end it was C(...)