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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has brought Hugo Keenan, Tommy O’Brien, Rory O’Lough lin, Ed Byrne, Rónan Kelleher, Michael Bent and Ross Molony into the team for this weekend’s clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leo Cullen has made seven changes to Leinster’s starting XV from the 21-17 win over Ulster a fortnight ago for Saturday night’s Pro14 Rainbow Cup game(...)

Connacht’s Cian Prendergast in action during his team’s defeat against Benetton in Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton 20 Connacht 12 Benetton’s impressive Rainbow Cup form continued with a deserved victory over an underwhelming Connacht at Stadio Monigo in T(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki celebrates scoring the winning try late in the game against Benetton during the Guinness Pro 14 game at Stadio di Monigo in February. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton v Connacht, Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Saturday, 5.15pm Irish time – Live on Eir Sport 1, Premier Sports 1 Against all expectations when starti(...)

Cian Prendergast is in the Connacht team for this weekend’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Getty Images

With Champions Cup rugby already secured Connacht have opted for a much-changed squad to face Edinburgh at The Sportsground on Saturday night (kick-of(...)

Cavan fans after the 1997 Ulster final. File photograph: Inpho

Last Sunday night and Monday morning saw Cavan supporters across the land in a most curious position – replying to text messages congratulating them o(...)

Martin Reilly scores a penalty for Cavan. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Cavan 1-14 Down 1-13 Cavan advanced to their second Ulster final in a row when they came from 10 points down to defeat Down by a single point in an e(...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend is not underestimating Edinburgh despite the side’s injury losses. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been forced to overcome unexpected hurdles this week as they prepare to take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Sunday. The province had it(...)

Connacht and Ireland centre Bundee Aki has bulked up ahead of the restart. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The old interpros are relevant again. As Leinster and Munster serve up the first delicacy in what seems like forever, it is important to lower expecta(...)

Ian Madigan is in the Ulster squad for Sunday’s clash with Connacht. File photograph: Inpho

New signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan will start on the Ulster replacements bench for Sunday’s interprovincial derby against Connacht at the Avi(...)

Conor Dean is one of six academy players moved to full contracts at Connacht. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

After upgrading six of their academy players to full contracts, Connacht remain on the look-out for a couple more additional acquisitions to the four (...)

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