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Hosea Saumaki scores Leicester’s late winning try against Connacht. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Connacht 28 Leicester Tigers 29 It is a good thing Connacht have two salving days before returning to duty at the Sportsground on Tuesday. Letting a(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki has turned down some big offers from abroad to stay with the Irish province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht probably thought they struck gold when they first signed Bundee Aki in 2014, but in truth little did they know. It’s hard to credit, but desp(...)

Andy Friend: ‘We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it means nothing if we do not perform well, and hopefully pick up that win.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht v Leicester Tigers, Sportsground Galway, Saturday, 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport 2) Connacht have unfinished business when Leicester Tigers make (...)

Stewart Moore: his   silky elegance, footwork and distribution offer a different set of skills to the absent Stuart McCloskey and Ulster will need to tailor their game plan accordingly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Northampton Saints v Ulster, Franklin’s Gardens, Sunday 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport) Robert Baloucoune returns but the absence of John Cooney, Iain Hend(...)

Connacht celebrate Bundee Aki’s match-winning score against Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After Connacht were controversially beaten 20-18 by Munster at Thomond Park in mid-October, they looked pretty much cut adrift in the Irish pool of th(...)

Connacht’s Dave McSharry offloads to Fetu’u Vainikolo to score the opening try despite the tackle of Marcelo Bosch and Aled Brew of Biarritz in December 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The current academy players weren’t yet born. The younger senior players were infants. A patchwork of families, players, boys and girls called Friends(...)

Nicolás Sánchez in action for Stade Frncais. The Argentinian outhalf is a proven kicker and strong distributor. Photograph:  Gaizka Iroz/AFP via Getty Images

Champions Cup Pool B : Connacht v Stade Francais, Sportsground, Sunday, 1pm – Live on BT Sport First-time visitors to the Galway Sportsground, Stade(...)

Toulouse’s Pita Ahki is spayed with champagne by team-mate and captain Antoine Dupont after the victory over La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup Final at  Twickenham in May. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Heineken Champions Cup returns if not with its customary bang, then with a good deal more than a whimper as well, not least hereabouts. Not for th(...)

Oisín Dowling in action for Connacht against Ospreys at the Sportsground. He is hoping to play his first Champions Cup game this weekend against Stade Francais. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

It might seem glaringly self-evident but for rugby player, Oisín Dowling, playing the game has been his key motivation in recent years. It triggered t(...)

Josh van der Flier was named player of the match during Leinster’s recent win over Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What on earth has happened with Josh van der Flier? Even with that red cap he seems to be more prominent than ever. And it’s not just the voracious wo(...)

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