Eric Elwood

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Connacht’s Dave McSharry offloads to Fetu’u Vainikolo to score the opening try despite the tackle of Marcelo Bosch and Aled Brew of Biarritz in December 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The current academy players weren’t yet born. The younger senior players were infants. A patchwork of families, players, boys and girls called Friends(...)

Connacht’s John Porch celebrates after scoring a try with Conor Fitzgerald  during the United Rugby Championship match against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 36 Ulster 11 Connacht varnished their historic occasion in some style, an utterly compelling, inventive and increasingly dominant display yi(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts in the centre for the British and Irish Lions against the Springboks on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the season that was in it, there just had to be a Leinster-Munster element to the first Test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions. (...)

Connacht  head coach Andy Friend during training ahead of his side’s clash with Leicester. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Challenge Cup Round of 16 preview: Leicester Tigers v Connacht Rugby  Saturday 8pm, Mattioli Woods Welford Road Statistics do not lie. Connacht’(...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

Conor Dean is one of six academy players moved to full contracts at Connacht. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

After upgrading six of their academy players to full contracts, Connacht remain on the look-out for a couple more additional acquisitions to the four (...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

JJ Hanrahan: this run of three games triples his number of previous matches at ‘10’ in the Heineken Cup before this season. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has had one of the more curious career stories in modern Irish rugby. Opportunity has finally started to knock for a truly rare talent, w(...)

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