The Sportsground has turned away Connacht supporters two weeks running.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The atmosphere at the Sportsground is like never before. The old dog track is rocking to the sound of the Connacht faithful roaring on their team to (...)

Connacht’s Tom McCartney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is a small world alright, and smaller still in New Zealand. As if to prove the point, when the Connacht hooker Tom McCartney first sampled senio(...)

John Muldoon: “If we finish the season on May 7th, it will be a disappointment,” said the Connacht captain. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paupers can’t be choosers and, given Connacht’s historically slim pickings, the western province will seek to put their best foot forward in their Eu(...)

Kieran Marmion is fit to face Grenoble on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Both Jake Heenan and Kieran Marmion have recovered from their respective ankle and quad injuries to be available for Connacht’s Challenge Cup quarter (...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden: “Hopefully, there will be more consistency across the park from us this week.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

At half-time in Galway, Leinster supporters were not so much smug as expecting more. Connacht’s apparently shaky seven-point lead, as they faced into (...)

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham (left) has been added to the Ireland bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy   after Cian Healy was ruled out through injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cian Healy’s “mild hamstring strain” is the same muscle that the injury-prone 28-year-old tore off the bone just over a year ago. It means uncapped Au(...)

Kieran Marmion: returns to partner AJ MacGinty at halfback. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Zebre v Connacht, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Saturday, 4.30pm Irish time (TG4) Zebre may offer thanks for small mercies as they are able to field fou(...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht  training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Manurewa bank teller comes home from work, after another mindlessly long day, flicks on the box to see his ‘uce’ (Samoan for ‘bro’) playing Super (...)

Connacht play Grenoble in their Challenge Cup quarter final on April 9th. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As the Six Nations takes centre stage in the coming weeks, fans of the European club game will be able to look forward to even more world-class actio(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam: “It would be a massive credit if we can get out of this 16 games in the top four.”Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht wrap up a tough run of 16 games on the trot on Saturday with high hopes of remaining in the Guinness Pro 12 top four. “We can see light at (...)