Munster and Ireland’s CJ Stander after being presented with the Zurich Irupa Players’ Player of the Year 2016 award. Photograph:: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Stand up, CJ Stander, the man of the season. The 26-year-old South African-born Munster and Irish backrower has become only the third overseas player(...)

Connacht’s Jake Heenan in action during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo in Italy. Photograph:  Alfio Guarise/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 22 Connacht 21 In a season of highs for Connacht, this was certainly one of the lowest. The desperation and pride of Treviso to hold(...)

Outhalf Jack Carty returns to the Connacht side following injury for the province’s Pro12 game against Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

GUINNESS PRO12 Treviso v Connacht Stadio Monigo, Friday, 6.30pm TG4 Connacht are on the cusp of something few at Christmas ever thought they wou(...)

Tom McCartney captain’s Pat Lam’s Connacht side on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Lam has made wholesale changes to his Connacht side for Friday night’s trip to play Bennetton Trevison. In total there are 10 new faces from the (...)

 Niyi Adeolokun scores Connacht’s third try despite the tackle of Munster’s  Darren Sweetnam during the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 35 Munster 14 In a season of memories and landmarks, Connacht didn’t so much complete their first ever seasonal double over Munster rivals b(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Connacht against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Matt Healy will revert to his familiar role on the wing when Connacht take on Munster at The Sportsground on Saturday. Healy was electric from fullba(...)

Matt Healy scores Connacht’s fourth try in their 33-32 defeat to Grenoble in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

“Qui est l’arrière?” At half-time and full-time, Grenoble supporters and French journalists in the press alike wanted to know who the hell is this Con(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy goes past Grenoble fullback Gio Aplon to score his side’s fourth try in a dramatic Challenge Cup quarter-final. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thunderous roar which greeted the full-time whistle must have echoed to the top of the snow-kissed peaks of the Alps that overlook Grenoble’s new (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam speaks to his Grenoble counterpart Bernard Jackman. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Once more into the breach then for Connacht, in an end-of-season run-in that doesn’t stop giving or taking. Saturday’s wonderfully wild and wacky r(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has named his team to play Grenoble. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Pat Lam has made five personnel as well as seven positional changes from the side that lost to Ulster last weekend for Connacht’s trip to Grenoble on(...)