Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Benetton in October. The player returns from injury to face Munster at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Munster, Sportsground, Saturday, 5.15pm - Live on TG4, Free Sports The obvious impact of the national player management programme notwiths(...)

Robin Copeland sprints over to score Connacht’s late  match-winning try  against Gloucester at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 Connacht can a head into Christmas with a spring in their step. Still alive in the fight for a Champions Cup quarter-fina(...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin tackles Toulouse’s Thomas Ramos during the Heineken Champions Cup match at the Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse 32 Connacht 17 No spoils, but some solace. Connacht, written off before the game against the French aristocrats, delivered a performance des(...)

Connacht  squad training at the  Sportsground in Galway this week ahead of the game away to  Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Toulouse v Connacht Kick-off: 1pm (Irish time), Saturday. Venue: Stade Ernest-Wallon. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion: he  has been linked with a move to Saracens.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht v Cheetahs, Sportsground (5.15, live on TG4, Premier Sports) Injuries to fullback Tiernan O’Halloran and prop Paddy McAllister, both of w(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty celebrates his match-winning try with Caolin Blade in the Challenge Cup game against Bordeuax-Begles at  Stade Chaban-Delmas. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bordeaux-Begles 27 Connacht 33 It took a late piece of brilliance from new Ireland squad member Jack Carty to ensure Connacht qualified for a 10th Eu(...)

The Connacht squad in a huddle during training at Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town, as they prepare for the game against the Cheetahs. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14, Cheetahs v Connacht, Saturday December 1st, Bloemfontein (kick-off 3.0pm Irish time, live on eirSport 1) Connacht have made five changes from (...)

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland will make his Connacht debut, Tom Farrell has recovered from illness, Bundee Aki makes his first start of the season alongside him in m(...)

 Connacht’s head coach Andy Friend: “We face a big challenge in Murrayfield.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh v Connacht Venue: Murrayfield. Kick off: 7.35pm. On TV: eirSport and Premier Sports. Paul Boyle is used to confounding convention. He shru(...)

 Connacht’s Bundee Aki and Perry Humphreys of Worcester Warriors during their  European Rugby Challenge Cup round two encounter.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Worcester 8 Connacht flattered to deceive in their victory over Worcester Warriors. Although ultimately grabbing control of Pool five in (...)

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