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(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

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(...)

Pat Lam has made four changes to his Connacht side for Saturday’s visit of the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Lam has made four changes to his Connacht side for Saturday’s Pro 12 clash with the Ospreys. With the teams below them not playing until Sunday, (...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry has played in just one game in the past six weeks after injuring his shoulder against Toulouse in December. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

It’s not just youth that suffers from impetuosity. Chris Henry sustained a shoulder injury that he initially thought relatively innocuous, before pla(...)

Louis Ludik has signed a contract extension with Ulster. Photograph: Getty

Ulster have announced South African utility back Louis Ludik has signed a contract extension. 29-year-old Ludik, who joined Ulster from French side A(...)

Connacht prop Rodney Ah You gets over for his side’s fourth try against Scarlets in the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 30 Scarlets 17 Connacht produced a bonus-point victory to jump back up to the top of the Pro 12 table alongside their visitors Scarlets at t(...)

 Johnny Sexton leaves the field after suffering a head injury in the match with Wasps: the Leinster and Ireland outhalf suffered four concussions in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton did not fail the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) he underwent on Saturday at the Rioch Arena. The Leinster outhalf also passed the HIA he (...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)