Kieran Keane

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Connacht head coach Andy Friend said Leinster “are the side you want to be playing against and coaching against too because it brings the best out of you”. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

When the Connacht hierarchy decided to dispense with the services of Kieran Keane, after just one season as head coach, it looked a little hasty. It a(...)

Jack Carty in action against Wasps during the pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone.  Photograph: James crombie/James Crombie

For Connacht, TG4 has dubbed September the month of champions. The 2016 title winners kick off their Pro14 campaign against the 2015 champions Glasgow(...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin is tackled by Charlie Matthers and Ambrose Curtis of Wasps in a pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Australian international Kyle Godwin is ready to embrace the challenge of playing rugby in the northern hemisphere and says it was thanks to former co(...)

Andy Friend: The 49-year-old has had a varied career over the last 23 years as an assistant coach at Test level and head coach in Super Rugby, the English Premiership and in Japan. Photograph: Daniel Carson/Photosport/Inpho

Connacht have at least been able to move quickly in appointing a successor to Kieran Keane and, aside from his wealth of experience, the attraction in(...)

Kieran Keane’s Connacht departure has been confirmed. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht and the IRFU have confirmed that Kieran Keane will depart the province “with immediate effect”. Following Friday morning’s announcement, Con(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Joey Carbery: His conundrum will find its own solution; elite rugby tends to. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

What is success? Dare I wonder, in this professional era, what Connacht coach Kieran Keane’s definition might be? In the beginning of professional rug(...)

Dan Leavy carries to score during Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

My first experience of playing for Leinster against Connacht at the Sportsground was in October 1998. I was 18. I remember thinking before the game th(...)

Kieran Keane: will be leaving Connacht after just one year as coach. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht had still to announce the departure of head coach Kieran Keane just one year into a three-year contract last night, but a statement confirmin(...)

Departing Connacht head coach Kieran Keane:  In his own quirky way, he clearly cared passionately about the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

News of Kieran Keane’s impending departure comes as a surprise, and completes a rollercoaster sole season in charge of the 2016 Guinness Pro12 champio(...)

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