Denis Buckley

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Glasgow Warriors’ Tim Swinson scores the bonus point try against Connacht in their opening Pro12 game of the season. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Uneasy lies the crown. This was such a bad opening night in defence of the title Connacht claimed so memorably last May that it was almost too bad to (...)

Glasgow Warriors players celebrate after  Tim Swinson scores the bonus point try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 5 Glasgow Warriors 41 A summer, such as it’s been, is a long time in rugby. In Connacht’s first game as reigning Guinness Pro 12 champions, (...)

Cian Kelleher: to  make his competitive debut for Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At Connacht’s celebratory homecoming last May, John Muldoon declared: “We will see you all in September. We have a title to defend!” Well, the champi(...)

Pat Lam has named his starting XV for the opening game of Connacht’s Pro 12 title defence against Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Defending champions Connacht begin the defence of their Pro 12 title against Glasgow, the side they memorably beat in last year’s semi-finals, on Satu(...)

Ulster backrow Sean Reidy is one of two uncapped players in the 32-man Ireland squad for the tour of South Africa. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At the end of a long, arduous World Cup season, Ireland will endeavour to hit the ground running with clearly as much familiarity as they can muster f(...)

  Pat Lam: “You’ve got a pretty good attacking team versus a quality defensive team. I said it before the last time we played them. The weather forecast is great, but the biggest thing is around making sure that you make the most of the day. You can’t come off with regrets.”

On the eve of the first final in the province’s 131 year history, Pat Lam has declared no fresh injury concerns arising out of their semi-final win ov(...)

Finlay Bealham has returned to fitness ahead of Connacht’s Pro 12 semi-final against Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht have been given a timely boost by the return to full training and fitness of props Finaly Bealham, Rodney Ah You and Ronan Loughney in advanc(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore is close to a return from injury. Photograph: Inpho

Pretty much in a good place, says Girvan Dempsey about his squad’s recovering bodies. A little light shines on Leinster then this week. Dempsey’s s(...)

 Finlay Bealham is tackled by Munster duo Billy Holland and Donnacha Ryan –  the Connacht man’s  technique around the breakdown was magnificent.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As soon as the final whistle blew I left the Sportsground. I collected my car at The Connacht Hotel and off to Dublin I went to catch a long haul plan(...)

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(...)

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