Winger Mack Hansen will miss Connacht’s Heineken Champions Cup game at home to Leicester on Saturday with a calf injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Mack Hansen’s Heineken Champions Cup debut has been delayed again through injury. Connacht’s leading try scorer this season, who was ruled out of thei(...)

Luke McGrath in training at Donnybrook for Leinster’s weekend URC  clash against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridanin/Inpho

While Leinster continue to prepare for their game against Ulster in the United Rugby Championship at the weekend, they are hoping the organisers of th(...)

 Connacht’s Jack Carty has been in excellent form this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht are facing an anxious wait for news of Jack Carty’s availability for Saturday’s New Year’s Day meeting with Munster at the Sportsground in Ga(...)

Oisín Dowling in action for Connacht against Ospreys at the Sportsground. He is hoping to play his first Champions Cup game this weekend against Stade Francais. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

It might seem glaringly self-evident but for rugby player, Oisín Dowling, playing the game has been his key motivation in recent years. It triggered t(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend at squad training at The Sportsground, Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To put the importance of the interpro derbies into context, had Connacht beaten Munster at Thomond Park last Saturday they’d have moved to within seve(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend says communication with the league is normally good. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Friend has yet to be contacted by the United Rugby Championship organisers in light of his comments about the match officials in Connacht’s 20-18(...)

Caolin Blade was capped for Ireland during the summer. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht welcome the return of scrumhalf Caolin Blade and new recruit Leva Fifita ahead of their first URC home match at the Sportsground on Friday ev(...)

Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

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’(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and Joey Carbery in training ahead of Friday night’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Inpho

Peter O’Mahony supplied an unusually bountiful sprinkle of crumbs in his contract acceptance speech on Thursday morning. “There’s a huge amount of re(...)

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