Andy Friend

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Abraham Papali’i: Connacht’s  New Zealand-born backrow  received a red card  against Zebre. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht are grappling with two major blows ahead of the Ospreys’ visit to the Sportsground this weekend. Centre Tom Farrell has been ruled out for a(...)

Colm Reilly makes his first start for Connacht this evening against Scarlets. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht v Scarlets Sportsground (Saturday, 7.35, live on TG4) Connacht coach Andy Friend is able to call upon scrumhalf Kieran Marmion and secondrow(...)

Connacht attack coach Nigel Carolan and Stephen Fitzgerald during training on Tuesday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht welcome a return to Pro14 play this weekend after two weeks of inaction due to Covid-19 cases in opposition clubs. Welsh side Scarlets are (...)

Connacht’s Alex Wootton after scoring his second try, celebrates with Tom Daly, Peter Robb and John Porch. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 26 Connacht 37 Connacht secured an important in-conference victory in Murrayfield on Sunday evening, consigning Edinburgh to their third su(...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend is not underestimating Edinburgh despite the side’s injury losses. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been forced to overcome unexpected hurdles this week as they prepare to take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Sunday. The province had it(...)

Connacht will be without their outhalf Jack Carty when he joins the Irish squad for the remainder of the Six Nations. Photograph: Inpho

Cardiff Blues 29 Connacht 7 Connacht coach Andy Friend confirmed that tighthead prop Finlay Bealham and hooker Dave Heffernan will both follow the re(...)

Munster have a 50 per cent chance of being drawn against Ronan O’Gara’s  La Rochelle side. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP via Getty Images

The permutations in the draw for the Heineken Champions Cup, which will be made toward the end of this month, have been clarified by the results of th(...)

Connacht backs coach Nigel Carolan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having escaped the harshest of new Covid-19 measures, Connacht were back at the Galway Sportsground on Tuesday preparing for a charter flight to Wales(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

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