Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam will need to address the dichotomy of his team’s performance as they head to Gloucester on Sunday for another opportunity to p(...)

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 (...)

MIchael Swift is on the bench for his final home game before Connacht retirement. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht boss Pat Lam has made three changes to his side ahead of Saturday’s fixture against table-toppers the Ospreys at the Sportsground.The game pr(...)

Leinster assistant coach Richie Murphy: “Our squad is our squad.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leinster can’t seem to get away from reminders of their travails in this season’s Guinness Pro12, the latest being their lack of representatives on t(...)

Connacht prop  Denis Buckley has been named in the Guinness Pro12 Dream Team of the season. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seven players from Irish provinces have made the Guinness Pro 12 Dream Team of the season, but there’s no place for any Leinster player after they (...)

Connacht winger Matt Healy is tackled by Zebre’s Gonzalo Garcia during the sides’ Guinness Pro12 match in Parma. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Zebre 10 Connacht 40 It has been a season like no others. With a record of 10 wins and currently leaders of the disciplinary table, Connacht wi(...)

Matt Healy crosses to score one of Connacht’s tries in their 40-10 win over Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 10 Connacht 40 Connacht live to fight another day for Champions Cup qualification after a comprehensive victory over Zebre at Stadio Serg(...)

Mauro Bergamasco will play his last game for Zebre against Connacht. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sport

Italian rugby icon Mauro Bergamasco will make his last appearance on home soil against Connacht this Saturday as the Irish province travel to the Stad(...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)