Denis Buckley

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Robbie Henshaw returns to partner Bundee Aki in the Connacht midfield for their New Year’s Day fixture against Munster in Galway (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Connacht welcome Munster to the Sportsground on New Year’s Day needing a win to keep in touch with the Pro12’s top sides, and coach Pat Lam has named (...)

Robbie Henshaw is expected to return to the Connacht team against Munster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Connacht have enjoyed their best season to date but two defeats in December have seen them losing sight of teams boasting genuine aspirations of wi(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki fends off the attempted challenge of Bayonne’s with Lalakai Foketi during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match at The Sportsground. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 42 Bayonne 19A blistering closing passage by Connacht preserved their immaculate record at the Sportsground this season and set them up for w(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the Sportsground last Saturday night, Denis Buckley hadn’t even broken sweat by the time he found himself standing with the other Connacht playe(...)

The return of Jason Harris-Wright at hooker for his debut this season is a welcome respite in a problem position for Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Challenge Cup Pool Two: Connacht v La Rochelle Sportsground, Saturday 5pm Pat Lam’s side have made an outstanding start to the season, displayi(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley in action against Newport Gwent Dragons. Buckley returns to the pack for the visit to Treviso. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Watching Connacht turn certain victory into a draw against Cardiff in Galway last Friday felt like the western team Irish rugby had grown accustomed (...)

 Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

Jared Payne returns from injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill on Friday night.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster have made 10 changes to the side that lost away to Zebre last weekend for Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 home game against Edinburgh at Ravenhil(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

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