Tiernan O’Halloran of Connacht (green) is set to undergo knee surgery. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday and miss another three to four weeks of rugby. The wing has what the province de(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion (left) and  Eoghan Masterson are set to start against Dragons. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam has decided against making any changes to his starting XV ahead of the PRO12 match against Newport-Gwent Dragons at Rod(...)

 Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran supported by Jake Heenan, Kieran Marmion and John Muldoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connachthave confirmed new deals for Tiernan O’Halloran, Miah Nikora and Jack Carty, all of whom are Irish born or Irish qualified in Nikora(...)

Donnacha Ryan in Munster training at  UL Limerick  during the week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland lock Donnacha Ryan will make his first appearance since the middle of December in Munster’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash at home to Zebre at (...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip celebrates as the referee awards a late penalty try against Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER 16 CONNACHT 13Allowing for the League’s inflated attendances, 15,000-plus people paid to watch proceedings, our national broadcasters beamed (...)

 Leinster’s Ian Madigan will hope to impress at home to  Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For some curious reason Connacht have tended to take Leinster’s scalp more readily than those of their other inter-provincial rivals, but having stunn(...)

 Ian Madigan and Shane Jennings in training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to freshen up the team for tomorrow’s visit of Connacht to the RDS (6.45) for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash.Luke F(...)

Andrew Trimble return for Ulster after finger surgery. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has recovered from injury and is included in the Ulster team to face RaboDirect Pro12 leaders the Ospreys at the Liberty(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Kameli Ratuvou of Zebre during last week’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the Sportsground. Henshaw plays at outside centre against Cardiff in Wales tonight. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After the perfect start last weekend with a home win against Zebre, Pat Lam knows Cardiff truck up much bigger and meaner on home turf, or as it is to(...)