Connacht’s Danie Poolman celebrates scoring a try against Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht 36 Cardiff 31 Connacht secured a deserved bonus-point win over the Cardiff Blues in a nine-try Pro 12 fixture at the Galway Sportsgrou(...)

Kieran Marmion: returns to the starting XV for Connacht at scrumhalf against Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A must-win for both sides in the fight for Champions Cup rugby, Connacht and Cardiff clash at the Galway Sportsground this evening (5pm). Connacht’s P(...)

Rhys Ruddock is back in the Connacht squad for the game against Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has made two changes to the Leinster XV to take on the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness Pro12 on Saturday. F(...)

Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy had a tough day against the outstanding Justin Tipuric of Wales during the World Cup warm-up at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Iain Henderson or Devin Toner? It’s not really a tough call anymore. The second best forward in Ireland these past six months, this 23-year-old Craiga(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup. 2:54

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon and head coach Pat Lam at the launch of the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Muldoon’s face creases into a broad grin. The Connacht captain didn’t hesitate for a moment when asked how he would feel about losing three of t(...)

Munster’s Shane Monahan is tackled by  Bundee Aki of Connacht during their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: I npho

Connacht 28 Munster 12 Kieran Marmion caught the eye with a dominant 40 minutes as two first-half tries must have him back in Joe Schmidt’s Wor(...)

Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion still has a chance of making Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Interprovincial Friendly Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, Friday, 7.45pm Kieran Marmion, if the theory holds, will make the breakthrough at interna(...)

Hooker Mike Sherry will make his first start for Munster since November 2013 in the pre-season game against Connacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland international hooker Mike Sherry will make his first appearance for Munster in almost two years in Friday night’s pre-season game against Conn(...)

Leinster tighthead prop Marty Moore had shoulder surgery twice in seven months. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Marty Moore needs to come through Friday’s Leinster versus Ulster match in Belfast to make Joe Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad. The 24-year-old tight(...)