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(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Jason Harris-Wright in action for his first school, Presentation College, Bray in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final against Blackrock College in 2004. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Then came a Harris-Wright cameo. The number eight swatted off two would-be tacklers before stepping inside – it seemed like the whole covering Bla(...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and head coach Pat Lam share a joke during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam is hopeful that his players will be back firing on all cylinders tomorrow evening (6pm) as they welcome a Toulouse side hell bent on revenge t(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw in action against Zebre last season. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam gives Ireland fullback Robbie Henshaw his first of the season for their RaboDirect Pro12 opener at home to Italian side Zebre a(...)