Coach Pat Lam talks to his players during a Connacht training session at the  Sportsground, Galway, this week. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Newport-Gwent Dragons v Connacht, Rodney Parade, 7.30pm TV: BBC Wales USA outhalf AJ MacGinty will make his fifth start in a Connacht jersey as coa(...)

The Connacht team form a huddle in training ahead of their trip to Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made three personnel changes from the starting XV that lined out in the defeat of Scarlets ahead of the trip to Rodney(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw goes over for a try in the  Challenge Cup game against Enisei-STM at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 47 Enisei-STM 5 Job done, an eighth European Challenge Cup quarter-final secured, and a date in France in April is something coach Pat Lam (...)

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(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne in full flight against Leicester Tigers: came through the Munster academy from the 2011-2012 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s recent Champions Cup victory over Bath at the RDS offered a glowing testimonial to the province’s academy, given the handsome contribution (...)

Robbie Henshaw is back in the Connacht team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has welcomed Robbie Henshaw back into his side to face Enisei-STM in the final pool game of the European Challenge Cup at(...)

 Rory Best  runs at Simone Favaro of Italy during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “To now captain Ireland going into the Six Nations is a massive thing for me and my family.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Rory Best. There is probably no harder task than to succeed Paul O’Connell as captain, who had effectively succeeded Brian O’Drisc(...)

Robbie Henshaw during training at the  Sportsground today. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is set for a return to action this week in Connacht’s final European pool fixture. Henshaw is back training at the Spor(...)

Connacht’s  Robbie Henshaw  goes through a stretching session  at  Kingfisher Sports Club in Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland international Robbie Henshaw will miss Connacht’s crunch European Challenge Cup fixture away to Brive on Saturday. The Ireland centre had bee(...)