Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

Laager – definition: an encampment formed by a circle of wagons; an entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents. “I see you ar(...)

Rugby’s uncanny knack to organise a singalong brought a boozy, knees up atmosphere to Twickenham. With 82,000 fans breaking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ and (...)

Nepia Fox-Matamua will make his Connacht debut against Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons, Sportsground (Friday 7.30) Summer signing Nepia Fox-Matamua will earn his first cap for Connacht while 21-year-old a(...)

Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion still has a chance of making Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Interprovincial Friendly Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, Friday, 7.45pm Kieran Marmion, if the theory holds, will make the breakthrough at interna(...)

 Irish qualified Api Pewhairangi has signed for Connacht . The 23-year-old utility back played in the  Rugby League World Cup for Ireland  in 2013. Photo:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

Connacht have signed Ireland qualified Api Pewhairangi. The 23-year-old utility back played rugby union as a youth in Manawatu but switched to rugby l(...)

Gloucester’s Jonny May  celebrates scoring the winning try against Connacht at Kingsholm. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Connacht’s sense of injustice will last through the summer months and into next season. Two highly contentious decisions by French referee Romain Poit(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam had set his sights on a top-six finish from very start. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Connacht v Ospreys Sportsground, Galway, 3pm Live S4C Presume for a moment that Connacht beat the Ospreys – a far superior (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “If we get the win, then we’ll see what happens. But it’s like anything. We said top six and we know it’s not in our full control.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lam is hoping Connacht’s Lotto numbers come up this weekend as they continue to drive towards attaining their goal of finishing in the top six of (...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

“You could say this is our toughest game of the season,” said Connacht coach Pat Lam. “It’s up to us to go out and perform as a team.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s most compelling league campaign ever has arguably been the story of the Pro12 season, although the wheels appear to have come off their au(...)