“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(...)

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 (...)

Bundee Aki has been passed fit for Connacht’s match against Ulster next weekend.

Connacht coach Pat Lam was able to enjoy a largely positive medical prognosis ahead of Saturday’s crucial Guinness Pro12 game against Ulster at the Sp(...)

 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(...)

 Nathan White: back in the Connacht line-up for the visit to Scarlets. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday’s match in west Wales has huge ramifications for this season’s Guinness Pro12. The Scarlets, who trail their visitors by five points, know t(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray during a training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Versatile Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out of Ireland’s opening two games of the Six Nations after damaging rib cartilage in the Irela(...)

 Niyi Adeolokun grabs Connacht’s  third try in the  Challenge Cup match against La Rochelle at  Stade Marcel Deflandre. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

La Rochelle 20 Connacht 30Connacht secured the last quarter-final place in this season’s European Challenge Cup with a dramatic finish at Stade Marcel(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

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 (...)

Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar: Ulster will hope the pair are passed fit to face Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Lam probably doesn’t know that Connacht’s last win in Belfast was as far back as 1960. Roy Orbison had a number one with Only the Lonely and Lam w(...)