Rhys Ruddock will captain Emerging Ireland in their Tbilisi Cup opener against Emerging Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Emerging Ireland coaches Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey have named their side for the opening game of the Tbilsi Cup on Saturday. Rhys Ruddock will l(...)

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is shown a yellow card and sinbinned by referee Romain Poite during the European Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As one Connacht player put it, when you’re at the bottom of the food chain you get dry bread. It’s often said in team sports that the perceived ‘bigge(...)

Connacht will travel to play Gloucester in their Champions Cup play-off without the injured Kieran Marmion. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht’s pursuit of a Champions Cup spot for next season continues on Sunday as they travel to Kingsholm to play Gloucester in a European play-off.P(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Connacht centre Bundee Aki is tackled by Glasgow’s  Finn Russell and Peter Horne during the Guinness Pro 12 game  at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 13 Glasgow Warriors 31Connacht’s hopes of claiming a top six position in the Guinness Pro 12 suffered a blow at the Sportsground on Saturday (...)

Pat Lam is expecting the toughest test of the season against Glasgow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Head Coach Pat Lam has called up academy lock Academy lock Ultan Dillane to partner Aly Muldowney in the second row for Saturday’s visit of Glasgow Wa(...)

Tommy Bowe goes over for his first of two scores during Ulster’s 27-20 win over Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 20 Ulster 27In a game of seven tries, Ulster took the spoils to maintain their push for the Guinness Pro 12 title, while Connacht had to cont(...)

Jared Payne will line up against international centre partner Robbie Henshaw in Ulster’s game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht for their Pro 12 clash against Ulster on Saturday while Neil Doak welcomes back Ireland Six Nations winning trio Rory (...)