Dave Foley in action for Munster in their Champions Cup clash against Sale at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forwards Rhys Ruddock and Dave Foley both face a race against time to make Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on Saturday week(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Garbally’s Jack Codyre on the charge against Sligo Grammar during last year’s  Connacht schools senior cup final replay at The Sportsground, Galway. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

The themes surrounding the Connacht Schools Senior Cup remain the same from one year to the next. A small pool of contenders, a proven breeding ground(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy is nearing a return. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian Healy is poised to feature for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons at Musgrave Park on Friday week.Despite a shortage of loosehead(...)

Ulster centre Stuart olding has been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign. (Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Franck Pennant)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt’s injury concerns increased with the confirmation that Ulster’s talented inside centre Stuart Olding sustained significant l(...)

Robbie Henshaw will miss Connacht’s vital European Chellenge Cup game at La Rochelle with an ankle injury he picked up in last weekend’s defeat to Exeter. (Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Connacht head to play La Rochelle on Saturday needing a win to keep their hopes of progression into the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup (...)

Robbie Henshaw played on impressively after injuring his ankle in Connacht’s defeat to the Exeter Chiefs.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It wasn’t so much the results themselves, more the scale of them and the manner of them. Munster and Ulster, regulars in the last eight, weren’t so mu(...)

Exeter’s scrum dominance provides unwelcome lift-off for Connacht’s Rodney Ah You at the Sportsground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Connacht’s disappointment in defeat will be tinged with anger and frustration because there was more than a dollop of self-inflicted calamity in their(...)

Matt Healy scored two tries for Connacht against Exeter but it was not enough and now the province’s Challenge Cup hopes hang by a thread. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Pat Lam was honest in his post-match appraisal, preferring to focus on Connacht’s performance shortcomings rather than dwell on the vagaries of fortu(...)

 Gareth Steenson of Exeter Chiefs:  “Connacht have been going incredibly well this season and they’ll want to make up for last week’s disappointing loss by producing a high-quality performance.” Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

There is an chuckle at the other end of a phone line as Gareth Steenson discusses the topic of weather and the Sportsground. It’s more than a decade (...)