Secondrow Ultan Dillane has enjoyed a fruitful season for Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

European Challenge Cup: Connacht v Enisei-STM, Galway Sportsground, Saturday, 3pm Careful now, the Six Nations is nearby. Surely it’s no coincidenc(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon: “From what we have done this year, it would be unthinkable not to qualify.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

John Muldoon says it is unthinkable Connacht will not advance in this season’s European Challenge Cup ahead of a crunch meeting with Brive on Saturday(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy runs in their first try against Scarlets in their Pro12 match at  Parc y Scarlets, Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets 21 Connacht 19 Connacht head coach Pat Lam reckons his side shot themselves in the foot after Steve Shingler’s dead-eye penalty at the last(...)

A late Steve Shingler penalty gave the Scarlets a 21-19 win over Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets 21 Connacht 19 Connacht head coach Pat Lam reckons his side shot themselves in the foot after Steve Shingler’s dead-eye penalty at the last (...)

Connacht’s Ultan Dillane attempts to go past Ulster’s Luke Marshall: Dillane is back in Connacht’s starting line-up for clash with Scarlets. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Although Scarlets are on top of the league table, both sides have lost their last three matches and are in danger of falling into a losing streak sce(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon has signed a contract extension at the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht stalwart John Muldoon has signed a new contract for the 2016/17 season - extending his time at the province to what will be 14 years. The Po(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “I’m more concerned around getting a result at the weekend; I’m not looking after my own interests here.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anthony Foley’s Christmas wish is for Munster to beat Leinster in their Guinness Pro12 clash at Thomond Park next Sunday (5.15pm) over and above any (...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam is juggling resources ahead of the return match against Newcastle. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

European rugby’s governing body has turned down an appeal from Connacht coach Pat Lam to add two extra backs to his injury-torn squad ahead of Sunday(...)

Tiernan O’Halloran switches from wing to fullback to replace the injured Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the aftermath of Connacht’s famous win in Thomond Park last Saturday Pat Lam turned his attention to tonight’s game. His wry smile when briefly re(...)