Rodney Ah You relaxs in Resistancia ahead of today’s Test against Argentina. It would be a dereliction of duty on Joe Schmidt’s part not to avail of Irish-qualified players. Photograph: Inpho

Something sucks about IRB Regulation 8. Governing international eligibility, it stipulates a player may represent a country in three ways, namely by d(...)

Connacht’s Brett Wilkinson has retired from the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Connacht Rugby has been shocked by the sudden retirement of long-serving prop Brett Wilkinson. The popular 30-year-old has been forced to ret(...)

Connacht’s captain Craig Clarke after last week’s victory over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Connacht announced they had signed Craig Clarke, the eyes of their supporters must have lit up. It was a statement of intent. Here was a co-capta(...)

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam shows his delight after his side’s unlikely victory over Toulouse at their Stade Ernest Wallon stronghold in southwestern France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It must be hailed as one of rugby’s greatest upsets. Connacht defeated Toulouse in their own back yard to become Heineken Cup giant-killers.Against al(...)

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica  in Cork last night for the testimonial dinner.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

  Former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf Ronan O’Gara last night said he was thrilled to be honoured in his home town when 900 gu(...)

John Muldoon in action against Cardiff last week, a game in which he won his 200th Connacht cap. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Inpho

Connacht’s Got Talent! Not just on the pitch but, it transpires, Pat Lam is also searching to develop hitherto hidden talent off the pitch as well. As(...)

Tom Sears  is to leave his position as chief executive of the Connacht Branch by mutual consent after a little over a year in the jobs. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Tom Sears is to leave his position as chief executive of the Connacht Branch by mutual consent after a little over a year in the job. Negotiations are(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan is a player who has thrived on the game time offered by the Pro12. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On a superficial level no makeover is going to redefine the image of the RaboDirect Pro12 tournament in the European club rugby community. The Heineke(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The polite term for the obstacles that professional rugby in Ireland must negotiate on and off the pitch over the next 12 months is challenging.The IR(...)

Gavin Duffy: ‘There’s a leadership group below that, where the guys take responsibility for different areas; then there are the three captains’. Photograph: Huw Evans?Inpho

A fractured jaw didn’t stop Gavin Duffy from lending his voice to the Mayo chorus at Croke Park on Sunday. The 31- year-old Connacht captain – well, h(...)