Jimmy Duffy

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Abraham Papali’i: the 28-year-old Aucklander’s ball-carrying could prove a potent weapon for Connacht. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Prospects Realistically, this looks like being a tough season for Connacht. In addition to a radical overhaul of the coaching ticket, Andy Friend ha(...)

Connacht  head coach Andy Friend is very bullish about a squad which he believes can go to a new level. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby has major problems if last Friday’s game between Glasgow and Leinster in Scotstoun is any yardstick. Overlong games punctuated by regular recour(...)

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 have announced that Peter Wilkins will switch from defence to attack coach. File photograph: Inpho

Connacht have begun filling the impending voids by the departure of attack coach Nigel Carolan and forwards’ coach Jimmy Duffy with the announcement t(...)

Jimmy Duffy will end his 25-year involvement with Connacht when he steps down as forwards coach at the end of the season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news that Jimmy Duffy is to leave Connacht at the end of the season in addition to Nigel Carolan means that the province will no longer have any o(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty is tackled by Fineen Wycherley and Tadhg Beirne of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Sportsground in January. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Any hopes of Connacht arresting Munster’s runaway lead of the Guinness Pro 14 conference B will be decided on Friday night in Thomond Park. Still nin(...)

Paul O’Connell believes he can make an instant impact as Ireland forwards coach. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While it’s clear that Paul O’Connell has lost none of his innate humility, the one-time Irish and Lions captain wouldn’t have accepted Andy Farrell’s (...)

Connacht’s  Quinn Roux during  Ireland squad training at Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A second successive call-up to the Ireland squad for Quinn Roux is a deserved recognition for taking control of his personal development, according to(...)

Connacht backs coach Nigel Carolan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having escaped the harshest of new Covid-19 measures, Connacht were back at the Galway Sportsground on Tuesday preparing for a charter flight to Wales(...)

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(...)

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