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 Bundee Aki during training at the Sportsground ahead of Connacht’s clash with Ospreys in the Pro14. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht plan on bringing in their heavy hitters for this week’s return to Pro14 action in what is shaping up to be a “season shaper”. With little be(...)

Scrumhalf Caolan Blade takes over the captaincy for the first time as Connacht  face Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Connacht will be trying to reclaim the driving seat from Sale when the two teams meet at the AJ Bell Stadium today (3pm). Steve Diamond’s squad grabb(...)

Robin Copeland (R) with debutants Conor Fitzgerald (L)  Colm De Buitlear after Connacht’s win over Bordeaux. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 22 Bordeaux-Begles 10 Not the “prettiest performance” for an opening European fixture, but Connacht are up and running in the Challenge Cup (...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin scores a try during the Challenge Cup  match against Bordeaux-Begles at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 22 Bordeaux-Begles 10 Conditions dictated this was no show-stopper, but Connacht will be relieved to have secured victory in this season’s E(...)

Jarrad Butler: “I’ve been learning on the fly a little bit.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For less time than people might have believed, it was impossible to conceive how Connacht were going to fully function without John Muldoon front and (...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend: “Ulster are off the back of a performance we know they will be upset about, and they are going out to right that wrong.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is a 58-year hoodoo, but it is not to be mentioned at the Galway Sportsground this week. One has to go back to 1960 to find Connacht’s last win in(...)

Ultan Dillane and Finlay Bealham both start for Connacht on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo native Dave Heffernan will captain a strong looking Connacht XV as they host Pro14 champions Leinster in the first interpro of the season at the (...)

Robin Copeland starts for Connacht on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland is set to make his Connacht debut as Andy Friend’s side take on Scarlets in the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon. The backrow’s inc(...)

Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion during Connacht training at the Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kieran Marmion is set to make his first start of the Pro14 campaign as Connacht take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday. The game also marks the(...)

Quinn Roux is one of four changes to the Connacht team. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht have been boosted by the injury return of Sean O’Brien and Gavin Thornbury for the visit of Zebre to the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon ((...)

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