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Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Dan Leavy carries to score during Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

My first experience of playing for Leinster against Connacht at the Sportsground was in October 1998. I was 18. I remember thinking before the game th(...)

Kieran Keane: will be leaving Connacht after just one year as coach. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht had still to announce the departure of head coach Kieran Keane just one year into a three-year contract last night, but a statement confirmin(...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

 Jonathan Sexton  leaves the field after  scoring a 42-metre drop goal against France. He is crucial to Ireland’s success in the Six Nations. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Johnny Sexton’s importance to the Irish team has never been more acute, and never been more ably demonstrated than in Paris last Saturday. In part due(...)

Ian Keatley kicked 20 points in Munster’s impressive victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Nobody embodied Munster’s composure in the wild and wacky Welford Road whirlpool on Sunday more than Ian Keatley. As was the case for the team in gene(...)

 Kieran Keane: was  head coach of the New Zealand province Tasman Makos from 2009. “The game has changed, the players have changed and I had to change.” Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Kieran Keane, the current Waikato Chiefs backs coach, has emerged as a strong contender to take over from fellow New Zealander Pat Lam at Connacht fro(...)

Jack Carty celebrates scoring a conversion for Connacht that won the game against Wasps in the Champions Cup at the Sportsground last month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

If it doesn’t break you it can make you. This time a year ago Irish rugby was at a low ebb and perhaps no-one was in a lower place than Jack Carty. Bo(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty watches his match-winning conversion against Wasps at the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Connacht 20 Wasps 18 The team that refuses to die just keeps on giving. Connacht were all but out for the count here, literally as well as figurative(...)

Connacht players celebrate with winning goal-kicker Jack Carty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For any young, home-grown outhalf thrust into the 10 jersey, the challenge of steering his team is perhaps all the more daunting. Jack Carty has had h(...)

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