Kieran Marmion dives over the line to score a try for Connacht against Leinster last Friday. Photoraph: James Crombie/Inpho.

In front of the watching Joe Schmidt, Friday night’s head-to-head subplots in the Sportsground would have focussed mostly around midfield, and the you(...)

 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 (...)

 Connacht’s Jake Heenan clutches his shoulder in the Dragons match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Two games and two wins into the season, and Connacht are once again struggling with injuries ahead of Friday’s first interprovincial against Leinster(...)

Connacht’s Mils Muliaina and head coach Pat Lam: Lam will be forced to dip into his Academy to cover the front row. Photograph: Inpho

Two games and two wins into the season, and Connacht are once again struggling with injuries ahead of Friday’s first interprovincial against Leinster (...)

Connacht’s Shane Layden will start at fullback against Newport-Gwent Dragons. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht v Newport-Gwent Dragons, (Saturday, 5pm Sportsground)All Black and new signing Mils Muliaina won’t be up and running for Connacht until his e(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon: “Our squad depth is the best it’s ever been”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The flip side of Connacht completing marquee signings in Mils Muliaina, Bundee Aki and Tom McCartney, along with enhanced financial backing from the (...)

Jordan Coghlan will start at inside centre for Leinster in their opening pre-season game against the Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a youthful selection for the opening game of the pre-season away to Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on(...)

 Jamie Heaslip  is the new Leinster captain. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has given the captaincy of the province to Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip for the new season. Heaslip succeeds Leo Cu(...)

John Muldoon: “It’s a huge honour to captain my home province”. Photograph: Inpho

John Muldoon, capped 222 times by his native province, is to resume captaincy of Connacht which he held from 2009 to 2011 for the forthcoming season. (...)

 Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)