Pat Lam has turned Connacht’s fortunes around. ‘We want to make sure we are comfortable playing whatever style wins the game,’ he says. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach determined to build on good start to season

Chris Henry at training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

IRFU initially described problem as virus before upgrading condition to blood vessel blockage

Five Ireland players – Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock and Jack McGrath – broke the 24-tackle count over two games during Autumn Internationals. The choke still works. Photograph: Inpho

Defensive coach says Joe Schmidt’s side are working to build variation in their game

Jason Harris-Wright to miss six months with knee injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw expected to start in vital clash with Scarlets

Paul O’Connell takes on Australia’s Luke Jones as Mike Hooper closes in at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘That’s just him as a leader. It shows his role in the team is unbelievable’

Rhys Ruddock is held up during the Ireland vs Australia game in the Aviva Stadium: “It was mentally the most challenging game I’ve been involved in.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Players happy with clean sweep but are under no illusions about Six Nations and World Cup

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

15 green-shirted heroes saw off the Wallabies yesterday but who was pick of the bunch?

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Visitors likely to prolong the agony for struggling Treviso

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