John Muldoon, Pat Lam and Conor McPhillips will return to the Sportsground with the Bristol Bears on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Bristol Bears, The Sportsground, Sunday, 5.30pm – Live on BT Sport Bristol Bears’ Pat Lam is not expecting to receive the warmest of welco(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

“I think he is excited to be playing rugby, which is what he loves. It is nice to have him back and with the lads who take care of him.”

Connacht outhalf Marnitz Boshoff is in line for a return to action after nearly five months out of action. The 28-year-old is available for Connacht’s(...)

 Conor McPhillips is leaving Connacht for Bristol at the end of the season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht backs coach Conor McPhillips will join the province’s head coach Pat Lam at Bristol next season. McPhillips will finish in his role with th(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy receives treatment at the start of the Edinburgh game. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have taken another injury hit after their weekend win over Edinburgh with key front row members unavailable for Friday’s opening Pro 12 inter(...)

 Conor McPhillips (R) will take over from Andre Bell as Connacht backs’ coach. Photograph: Inpho

Conor McPhillips will take over as Connacht backs’ coach next season following Andre Bell’s decision to return home to New Zealand for family reasons (...)

Connacht video analyst Conor McPhillips videos scrum training on an iPad. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What was performance analysis like in Pat Lam’s playing days? “We’d probably just sit in the bar talking about the game,” the Connacht coach told an R(...)

All Blacks Kieran Read, Steve Hansen (head coach), Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock celebrate after their victory over South Africa at Ellis Park Johannesburg on October 5th, 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in a test match, they of the haka and famed black kit. What makes the All Blacks different?New Zealand’s record (...)