Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Connacht on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ireland international outhalf Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury to take his place in the Ulster side for the sold-out Guinness Pro 12 fixtu(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki fends off the attempted challenge of Bayonne’s with Lalakai Foketi during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match at The Sportsground. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 42 Bayonne 19A blistering closing passage by Connacht preserved their immaculate record at the Sportsground this season and set them up for w(...)

Connacht’s Mils Muliaina is tackled by Andries Ferreira and Luca Redolfini of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photogrph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 43 Zebre 3Not the most auspicious occasion on a wet Galway evening for an All Black centurion to make his debut, but Mils Muliaina made his p(...)

 Connacht’s Jack Carty scores the first try against La Rochelle at the Sportsground.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Connacht Rugby 48 La Rochelle 12 Connacht romped to victory in their opening European Challenge Cup fixture against first-time French visitors (...)

 Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

Connacht scrumhalf  Kieran Marmion avoids the Cardiff defence to score his side’s second try in the Guinness Pro12, game at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Cardiff 24 A frustrating evening for Connacht. Although they preserved their unbeaten record at the Sportground this season, this Guinness(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and head coach Pat Lam share a joke during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam is hopeful that his players will be back firing on all cylinders tomorrow evening (6pm) as they welcome a Toulouse side hell bent on revenge t(...)