Eoin Griffin

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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(...)

The 12 team captains at the launch of the 2015/16 Guinness Pro12 season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CONNACHT Given they’d never been top six prior to last season, achieving John Muldoon’s “realistic” target would be a decent achievement in backing u(...)

Louis Picamoles and Johnny Sexton wil meet again when Leinster take on Nortahmpton in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup. Photograph:   Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no obvious ‘Pool of Death’, but the four Irish provinces face a tall order to qualify It is four years since Leinster won the then Heineke(...)

Connacht celebrate with the Guinness Pro12 trophy. The province have a new breed of young player, along with a core of indigenous players, who now expect the province to be contenders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Memories are made of this and therein, perhaps, lies the greatest legacy of Connacht’s stunning success. Their spectacular triumph, from Irish rugby’s(...)

 Rhys Ruddock could miss the World Cup after suffering an arm injury at the Tbilisi Cup.

Emerging Ireland 33 Uruguay 7 Rhys Ruddock’s hopes of taking part in the World Cup rest upon the results of an x-ray after damaging his right arm just(...)

Rhys Ruddock will captain Emerging Ireland in their Tbilisi Cup opener against Emerging Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Emerging Ireland coaches Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey have named their side for the opening game of the Tbilsi Cup on Saturday. Rhys Ruddock will l(...)

Willie Mullins: has seven of the 11 entries left in the Paddy Power flat race at Naas on Sunday.

A quartet of Grade Two contests will be the black-type highlights this weekend but it is a comparatively low-key €13,500 contest at Naas this Sunday (...)

Apache Stronghold and Paul Carberry lead home Valseur Lido ridden by Bryan Cooper to win the Flogas Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Legend has it that a reason can often be a superfluous consideration when Paul Carberry wants to celebrate, but Apache Stronghold provided a perfect (...)

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