Dan Mcfarland

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 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 (...)

Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bernard Jackman Initial co-favourite with Nigel Carolan until a gamble on the latter. The former Irish international hooker spent five seasons with(...)

A fan pays  tribute to Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park. Photograph:  by Eamon Ward

Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Champions Cup Pool 1) Kick-off: 1pm (live on Sky Sports 2 and RTE Radio) It’s too soon. It can provide little or no c(...)

Forward Ronan Loughney has come into the Connacht team following an injury to Denis Buckley, having been largely used as an impact substitute this season. “I’m just trying to do the best job I can,” he says. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives. The saying could have been written with Connacht (...)

Andrew Browne: ‘I think the building blocks had been there for a long time and we had been improving for a long time.’

For all the infusion of youth and Kiwi-infused charge to their first ever major final, Connacht retain a core of long-serving indigenous players for (...)

Connacht’s 24-year-old prop Finlay Bealham left Ulster to go west in 2011 when he was offered a place in the province’s academy. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

It’s becoming mantra-like now and not only do all of Connacht’s players play as one but speak as one too. This is a squad that are playing and talkin(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam will need to address the dichotomy of his team’s performance as they head to Gloucester on Sunday for another opportunity to p(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)

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