Outhalf Jack Carty returns to the Connacht side following injury for the province’s Pro12 game against Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

GUINNESS PRO12 Treviso v Connacht Stadio Monigo, Friday, 6.30pm TG4 Connacht are on the cusp of something few at Christmas ever thought they wou(...)

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(...)

The Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Heretofore Conor O’Shea has been merely a player and a pundit, whatever about being a prophet, in his own land. Yet for the last five years of his pla(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy has impressed this season and is in Joe Schmidt’s training squad. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his 44-man training squad for the summer’s tour to South Africa - with neither Tommy Bowe or Luke Fitzgerald(...)

Matt Healy scores Connacht’s fourth try in their 33-32 defeat to Grenoble in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

“Qui est l’arrière?” At half-time and full-time, Grenoble supporters and French journalists in the press alike wanted to know who the hell is this Con(...)

 Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman: “Connacht themselves are viable candidates for a trophy. Okay, the Challenge Cup is gone for them this year but no-one will want to play against them in the knock-out stages. I wouldn’t like to play against them anyway.”

No less than Pat Lam at Connacht, Bernard Jackman is building something special at Grenoble, and after these two kindred spirits and their like-minded(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy goes past Grenoble fullback Gio Aplon to score his side’s fourth try in a dramatic Challenge Cup quarter-final. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thunderous roar which greeted the full-time whistle must have echoed to the top of the snow-kissed peaks of the Alps that overlook Grenoble’s new (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam speaks to his Grenoble counterpart Bernard Jackman. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Once more into the breach then for Connacht, in an end-of-season run-in that doesn’t stop giving or taking. Saturday’s wonderfully wild and wacky r(...)