Connacht’s Jack Carty scores the first try against La Rochelle at the Sportsground.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Connacht Rugby 48 La Rochelle 12 Connacht romped to victory in their opening European Challenge Cup fixture against first-time French visitors (...)

 Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

Jared Payne returns from injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill on Friday night.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster have made 10 changes to the side that lost away to Zebre last weekend for Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 home game against Edinburgh at Ravenhil(...)

 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 (...)

 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(...)

Munster and Leinster are scheduled to renew their televised rivalry on October 4th. Photograph: Inpho

Sky Sports have opted to televise the Guinness Pro 12 fixture between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday October 4th, with the ret(...)

Pat Lam: on a run of four defeats

Connacht’s season has petered out rather anti-climactically, a run of four defeats following a four-match winning sequence which in turn has seen them(...)

 Eoin Griffin celebrates with Connacht’s first try scorer Matt Healy during the RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground in Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Cardiff 22: Cardiff won in Ireland for the first time in 16 months as they came from behind to beat Connacht 22-15 at the Sportsground.The(...)