Nathan White will make his 50th appearance for the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s protracted pilgrimage to Siberia and back was unexpectedly extended by 66 hours on the way home in what proved to be a seven-day round t(...)

Robbie Henshaw: will start at fullback for Connacht against Treviso at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The poverty of imagination and subtlety, in creative terms, of Benetton Treviso’s performance in defeat to Leinster at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo (...)

Tiernan O’Halloran scores Connacht’s try against Edinburgh at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Pro 12 League Connacht 14 Edinburgh 9 Sitting pretty in second spot after six games, Connacht continue to make hay during this opening period of th(...)

Connacht number eight Eoghan Masterson during squad training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Edinburgh The Sportsground, Saturday, October 31st, 7.45pm Connacht may not be swaggering, but there is reason for optimism (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is expected to start against Argentina. Photo: Getty Images

Irish team manager Mick Kearney has given the broadest hint yet that Johnny Sexton will be fit to start Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Arge(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)

Ireland props Nathan White and Tadgh  Furlong during a training session at   St George’s Park in Staffordshire. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Four years ago, as Ireland were progressing through their pool in the World Cup, Tadgh Furlong was watching their games from home, having just complet(...)

Luke Fitzgerald challenges for a high ball with Matt Evans during Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The odds on Ireland winning Pool D shortened from 4/6 to 4/7 in the aftermath of beating Canada, and while that may seem a little premature, it tak(...)

England winger Jonny May celebrates scoring their first try during the World Cup warm-up  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of a few positives coming out of Twickenham is the scoreboard. Only losing 21-13 to a rampant English team – with a powerful pack and dazzling win(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)