Andy Friend

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Connacht’s Tom Farrell scores his side’s opening try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Cheetahs at the  Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 25 Cheetahs 17 Learning how to grind out games has been traditionally a tough lesson for Connacht to learn, but coach Andy Friend finally be(...)

If the proposed redevelopment of the Sportsground is approved its maximum capacity would double in size to 12,000. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When historians come to write about Connacht Rugby in decades, or even longer, from now, they’ll assuredly cite the late 2010s as a major crossroads i(...)

Connacht take on the Toyota Cheetahs at the Sportsground on Saturday, kick-off is at 5.30pm. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ultan Dillane, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell have all been named in the Connacht team for Saturday’s Pro14 visit of the Cheetahs to the Spo(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner is replaced by Quinn Roux at last Saturday’s  Six Nations Championship round 1 match against England at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Injury changes the landscape in sport. A month ago a rugby narrative pondered how Ireland could shoehorn James Ryan, Devin Toner, Iain Henderson and T(...)

England attack coach Scott Wisemantel with lock George Kruis at  a press conference in Dublin on Friday. Photograph:   Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

England’s attack coach Scott Wisemantel conceded that he was “surprised” to learn that Robbie Henshaw was selected at fullback for Saturday’s Six Nati(...)

Connacht’s Paul Boyle in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against  Cardiff at the  Arms Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cardiff 8 Connacht 7 Connacht’s miserable record against Cardiff at Arms Park continues and this latest defeat on Saturday night left Connacht coach (...)

Connacht’s Colby Fainga’a and Kyle Godwin tackle Rey Lee-Lo of Cardiff Blues during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cardiff Blues 8 Connacht 7 The Cardiff bogey continues for Connacht. With just three wins since 2001, Connacht failed once again at the Arms Park, al(...)

Andy Friend: “We have picked a team athat we have full confidence in to go to Cardiff and get a result.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cardiff Blues v Connacht, Cardiff Arms Park, Saturday, 5.15 - Live TG4 History is not on Connacht’s side when they face Cardiff Blues in a return to (...)

Jarrad Butler will lead Connacht against Cardiff. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Pro 14, Cardiff Blues v Connacht, Saturday January 26th, Arms Park (kick-off 5.15pm, TG4) Andy Friend has made 10 changes to his Connacht side for Sa(...)

Niyi Adeolokun has signed a new deal with Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht have announced contract extensions for Dave Heffernan and Niyi Adeolokun. Hooker Heffernan has made 110 appearances for the province since (...)

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