Denis Buckley

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 Eoin Griffin celebrates with Connacht’s first try scorer Matt Healy during the RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground in Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Cardiff 22: Cardiff won in Ireland for the first time in 16 months as they came from behind to beat Connacht 22-15 at the Sportsground.The(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “It’s always the ultimate test against Munster.”

When Jordi Murphy heard his name called out on that Tuesday morning he matter-of-factly accepted a reality that had been a childhood dream (at (...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion in action against Zebre. Marmion will win his 50th Connacht cap when they take on  Treviso today. Photo: Francesca Soli/Inpho

Reasons to be cheerful in March? Connacht are poised to win three matches in a row, which should spring them up the Pro 12 ladder, all done wi(...)

Denis Buckley receives his man of the match award from Connacht president Eamonn Feely after the win over Edinburgh at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

at the Sportsground Connacht have received a much-needed and massive fillip as they lifted themselves off the bottom of the Pro 12 pr(...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and head coach Pat Lam share a joke during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam is hopeful that his players will be back firing on all cylinders tomorrow evening (6pm) as they welcome a Toulouse side hell bent on revenge t(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon is helped from the field after tearing a calf muscle in the Heineken Cup game against Saracens at The Sportsground. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht will miss their influential Ireland international backrow John Muldoon for up to six weeks after he tore a calf muscle in last Friday’s open(...)

 Brett Wilkinson in action for Connacht against the Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht have been left counting the cost if last weekend’s Pro12 defeat to Treviso in Italy as they prepare for Friday night’s Heineken Cup opener ag(...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

Joe Schmidt yesterday announced his first training squad as the new Irish coach.Given Ireland used 48 players last season, a 10-match itinerary ravage(...)

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