Denis Coulson

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Former Leinster player Noel Reid has joined Agen on a two-year deal. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Traditionally Irish players have been willing to travel abroad in search of a career in professional rugby when denied options at home but the financi(...)

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

The memories remain vivid but professional sport permits but the briefest pause to enjoy success. Leinster’s record breaking double of Champions Cup a(...)

Home-grown talent Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Connacht against Ulster at the  Sportsground as team-mate Niyi Adeleokun, who was born in Nigeria, looks on. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There may have been a few gasps at the breadth of Connacht’s win over Ulster in their Christmas meeting in Galway. That scalp and the possibilities fo(...)

John Muldoon: will captain Connacht again in the Challenge Cup clah against Oyonnax. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Momentum is the key word in Connacht’s vocabulary this week as they change focus with a novel visit to Switzerland. French opponents Oyonnax will cr(...)

Andrew Deegan will make his European debut for Connacht in their Challenge Cup game away to Oyonnax in Geneva. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Kieran Keane has made five changes to his side for Saturday night’s European Challenge Cup opener away to Oyonnax in Geneva (7pm Irish (...)

Rory Scholes: makes his first start of the season for Connacht against Dragons at Rodney Parade. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dragons v Connacht, Rodney Parade, 7.30 The combatants share a common perspective on this Guinness Pro14 match, indentifying it as a must-win encount(...)

Gerbrandt Grobler: the new lock is doubtful for Munster’s opening Pro 14 game against Worcester Warriors. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster scrum coach Jerry Flannery says the announcement during the summer that Rassie Erasmus will return to South Africa in December has not impact(...)

Bordeaux:  A 21-year-old woman filed a complaint at Bordeaux police headquarters saying she had been raped by players after meeting them at a nightclub in Bordeaux

Irish rugby player Denis Coulson is one of three members of the Grenoble team who have been placed under investigation for alleged gang rape, the Bor(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’  Ian Madigan will be leaving the French Top 14 for English Championship side Bristol. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

(Irish exiles James Coughlan, Michael Noone and Peter Lydon talk about playing and life abroad)  The annual migration of Irish rugby’s wild gees(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Those close to the St Michael’s College mainframe knew these heady days were coming. But how it all synced up this month was pretty special. On Decem(...)

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