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Ireland’s  Chris Farrell is tackled by Ben Volavola of Fiji during his international debut last  autumn. Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 2010-11 Ulster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final replay between Methody College and Campbell College in the former’s grounds at Pirrie Park, Met(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Grenoble’s Nigel Hunt in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While strolling out of the Clarion Hotel car park on Wednesday a ‘mature’ and stocky gentleman standing in front of the ticket machine, somewhat conf(...)

Matt Healy scores Connacht’s fourth try in their 33-32 defeat to Grenoble in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho

“Qui est l’arrière?” At half-time and full-time, Grenoble supporters and French journalists in the press alike wanted to know who the hell is this Con(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam speaks to his Grenoble counterpart Bernard Jackman. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Once more into the breach then for Connacht, in an end-of-season run-in that doesn’t stop giving or taking. Saturday’s wonderfully wild and wacky r(...)

Connacht’s Danie Poolman tackled by Ben Hand and Lucas Dupont of GrenoblePhotograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Grenoble 33 Connacht 32 Connacht didn’t deserve such a cruel final twist, but after an epic encounter which ebbed and flowed from first to last, a (...)

Grenoble’s  Chris Farrell: “I guess I see it as a challenge and maybe an opportunity to put my name in people’s minds in Ireland.” Photograph: Jean Pierre Clarot/AFP/Getty

As one of three Irish players on the Grenoble squad with James Harte and Denis Coulson, living in the Alps can sometimes be home away from home for Ch(...)

Grenoble’s James Hart during a pre-season clash with Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Hart is unlikely to forget the events of the weekend in the Top 14 match between Oyonnax and Grenoble in which he observed at close-hand an opp(...)

Grenoble  flanker Rory Grice scores one of his side’s four tries against Toulon in their Top 14 35-24 defeat. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP Photo

Even after Jonny Wilkinson’s flawless departure, Mourad Boudjellal’s ageing galácticos continue to dominate but, seemingly, a blueprint for beating T(...)

Grenoble’s scrumhalf James Hart in action  during the French Top 14 clash against  Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon. Photo: Raymond Roig/Geggy

Grenoble produced arguably the performance of the weekend when they travelled to the Stade Ernest Wallon and beat their hosts Toulouse 25-22 in a pul(...)

Jerry Sexton of Exeter Chiefs embraces teammate Greg Bateman  at the final whistle during the LV= Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park, Exeter, at the weekend. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The Irish rugby public were probably only concerned with the form and well being of one Sexton this weekend. The Sexton family, however, had a differe(...)

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