Jake Heenan

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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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Quinn Roux numbers do not stack up. And they should, considering his 6ft 5in frame is filled by 124 kilograms of Pretoria muscle. Having been le(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun finishes off a lovely piece of skill on the right wing to beat Eoin Reddan to the try line at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht 20 Leinster 10 Not even Connacht’s storied season could have scripted a better ending than this. By the end, their momentum, on and off the (...)

Jamie Heaslip and Jack McGrath at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Guinness Pro12 final Leinster v Connacht BT Murrayfield, Saturday, 5.30pm Sky Sports 3 HD and TG4 The most memorable end-of-season run-in to the(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o and Connacht’s Bundee Aki: “At the Sportsground they seemed to come to the ultimate hard man’s agreement. It was wonderfully barbaric stuff.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Connacht story is like all those American underdog sport films rolled into one marvellous season. Moneyball. The Replacements. Even Rocky. Just l(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun goes clear to score a try. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 16 Glasgow 11 They’ve never had it so good, but now they could have it even better next Saturday. Connacht tore up the history book and all (...)

Connacht’s Jake Heenan in action during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo in Italy. Photograph:  Alfio Guarise/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 22 Connacht 21 In a season of highs for Connacht, this was certainly one of the lowest. The desperation and pride of Treviso to hold(...)

The first players to tell their personal stories are Ireland and Leinster front-row Jack McGrath who speaks emotively about how he coped with the death of his brother by suicide in 2010 and Irish women’s player, Hannah Tyrrell, who talks about how she overcame her struggles with self-harm and bulimia. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Player welfare in rugby is continuing to evolve in a positive and proactive manner for the most part, an important consideration when examining a spor(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “We have reviewed the game (Grenoble) and came out with clear answers. So that is a great learning, you couldn’t have asked for a better game to follow up than playing Munster here at home.”

Connacht head into Saturday’s vital Pro 12 fixture with Munster in a “great space”, according to head coach Pat Lam Despite their exit from Europe at(...)

John Muldoon: “If we finish the season on May 7th, it will be a disappointment,” said the Connacht captain. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paupers can’t be choosers and, given Connacht’s historically slim pickings, the western province will seek to put their best foot forward in their Eu(...)

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