Andy Friend

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Connacht’s  John Porch in action for Australia during a Sevens Rugby tournament in Canada last year. Porch has been included in Connacht’s squad for their clash with Dragons. Photograph:  Inpho/Photosport/Icon Sportswire

Dragons v Connacht, Rodney Parade, Friday, 7.35pm - Live on TG4, Premier Sports Connacht make a second trip to Wales this season and will be hoping n(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade scores the bonus point try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 41 Benetton 5 Connacht were in impressive form to open their home account in this season’s Pro14 with a comfortable six-try victory over Ben(...)

Munster coach Stephen Larkham has made four changes to his team for Saturday’s match. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster have made four changes to the side that defeated Dragons in the opening round of the Pro14 for the trip to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against (...)

Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury goes up to claim the lineout in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Scarlets at   Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Scarlets 18 Connacht 10 Connacht’s miserable record continued at Parc y Scarlets in their Guinness Pro 14 season opener on Saturday evening when fail(...)

Ireland outhalf Jack Carty during a training session at the  Yumeria Sports Grounds in Iwata. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When Ireland were last in the Japan in June 2017, Jack Carty could hardly have been further from the squad. He was, it’s true, on standby while holida(...)

It’s been a remarkable rise for Jack Carty, who was well down the out-half pecking order up until a year ago. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Japan v Ireland Kick-off: 8.15am, Saturday (Irish time). Venue: Shizuoka Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog wil(...)

Maro Itoje celebrates Saracens’ 2019 Heineken Cup final victory over Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Last year’s beaten finalists Leinster will begin their 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup campaign away to Italian side Benetton on Saturday November 16th(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

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