Connacht’s 24-year-old prop Finlay Bealham left Ulster to go west in 2011 when he was offered a place in the province’s academy. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

It’s becoming mantra-like now and not only do all of Connacht’s players play as one but speak as one too. This is a squad that are playing and talkin(...)

 Niyi Adeolokun scores Connacht’s third try despite the tackle of Munster’s  Darren Sweetnam during the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 35 Munster 14 In a season of memories and landmarks, Connacht didn’t so much complete their first ever seasonal double over Munster rivals b(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Connacht against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Matt Healy will revert to his familiar role on the wing when Connacht take on Munster at The Sportsground on Saturday. Healy was electric from fullba(...)

Bundee Aki is a good decision maker. If he keeps up this form he will enter the Isa Nacewa bracket of world-class foreign signings. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have become the most unpredictable team in the Pro 12 but only because they are working off sturdy foundations. They play to a well-rehearse(...)

Kieran Marmion is fit to face Grenoble on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Both Jake Heenan and Kieran Marmion have recovered from their respective ankle and quad injuries to be available for Connacht’s Challenge Cup quarter (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan played for his native province Munster for two seasons from 2003 to ’05 before joining London Wasps for four years.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland team photo on the Lansdowne pitch and Johnny Sexton is late. The boys clap, hoop and holler. One absolute legend leaps dramatically from his (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made two changes to his team to play Leinster this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Academy centre Peter Robb has been handed his first Pro12 start for Connacht’s sold-out Pro12 meeting with Leinster at the Sportsground on Saturday. (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam during training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Never in their history has there been a game quite like it. Sure, Connacht have played Leinster in front of full houses at the Sportsground before, bu(...)