Connacht hooker  Dave Heffernan scores a try despite the attempts of  Rey Lee-Lo of Cardiff Blues during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  The Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 29 Cardiff Blues 0 Connacht arrested a five-game losing run and marked their return to the Galway Sportsground with a key bonus-point winnin(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Robin Copeland of Connacht during their  Pro 14 match at the RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 Not four years ago these teams faced off in a Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht deservedly and joyously prevailed. On(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

 Connacht’s Sean O’Brien picked up an injury during his province’s significant defeat to Leinster at the  Sportsground. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht are anxiously waiting for positive news on the injury front ahead of their return to Champions Cup rugby, while coming to terms with their “r(...)

Devin Toner is in the Leinster team on Saturday evening. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ross Molony will captain Leinster against Benetton in their Pro14 opener on Saturday, and he’ll be partnered by Devin Toner in the secondrow (Kick-off(...)

 Darren Cave with Rory Best after both playing their final home game in Ulster’s Pro14 quarter-final win over Connacht at at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 As Connacht know as well as anyone from eviscerating Leinster by a record margin a year ago in John Muldoon’s final game, biddi(...)

Jack Carty (left) in action for Ireland against   France in Dublin on March 10th.   Photograph: Billy Sticklan/Inpho

Connacht welcome back a trio of Ireland internationals ahead of Friday evening’s crunch Pro14 meeting with Benetton. Having won his third cap against(...)

Joey Carbery scores Munster’s  fourth try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 31 It’s a measure of Munster’s heightened respect for Connacht that not only did they arrive in Galway locked and fairly loaded f(...)

 Billy Holland at Munster rugby squad training in UL, Limerick on New Year’s Eve.  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pro 14: Connacht v Munster Kick-off: 7.35pm. Venue: The Sportsground, Galway. On TV: Live on TG4, EirSport 1 & Premier Sports 2. A war(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin celebrates Andrew Porter’s crucial  late winning try against Connacht at the RDS.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 33 CONNACHT 29 Can a game be wonderful and cruel in equal measure? Even many Leinster supporters, none of whom lost belief in their team an(...)

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