Paul O’Connell captained Ireland to  Six Nations Championshps success. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will compete with Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for the accolade of the the Hibernia College IRUPA (...)

Shane Jennings suffered recurrence of his hamstring injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpjo

Rob Kearney, Eoin Reddan, Dominic Ryan, Shane Jennings and Marty Moore – each of whom has been sidelined of late – were all reported to have come thr(...)

Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar: Ulster will hope the pair are passed fit to face Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Lam probably doesn’t know that Connacht’s last win in Belfast was as far back as 1960. Roy Orbison had a number one with Only the Lonely and Lam w(...)

Connacht scrumhalf Caolin Blade scores his second try of the match in Connacht’s European Challenge Cup game against Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger. Photograph: James Crombie

Connacht coach Pat Lam hailed his emerging players after his second string pulled off a dramatic late 29-27 victory in Bayonne to keep their Challenge(...)

Danny Qualter, here in action with Connacht Eagles, will make his debut for the senior side against Bayonne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

European Challenge Cup, Pool Two Bayonne v Connacht, Stade Jean-Dauger, Saturday, 7.45pm The extent to how the decision of the new Europea(...)

Jason Harris-Wright to miss six months with knee injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam has confirmed the loss of starting hooker Jason Harris-Wright, following an injury to his right knee during the weekend’s 43-3(...)

Keith Earls at a Munster squad training session at University of Limerick, Limerick in October. The winger has never played under Joe Schmidt for Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Keith Earls’ international injury nightmare could be about to come to an end with the Munster winger on track for a January return which could leave (...)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) takes on Fionn Carr (Connacht) during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match at Sandy Park. Both players were try scorers. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 33 Connacht 13A disappointing defeat, but still alive in Europe, Connacht coach Pat Lam described his side’s 33-13 loss at Sandy Park i(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam: “We cannot afford to be carrying niggles going into Ospreys, which is our bread and butter.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Fresh from Connacht’s bonus point European Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle, coach Pat Lam’s focus is already returning to the Pro 12.“The next pri(...)

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(...)