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Connacht host Toulouse in Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht head coach Andy Friend has recalled a host of Irish internationals for Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash with Toulouse at the Sportsgrou(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Robin Copeland of Connacht during their  Pro 14 match at the RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 Not four years ago these teams faced off in a Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht deservedly and joyously prevailed. On(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

Munster’s Rory Scannell is tackled by Conor O’Brien and Will Connors of Leinster  at Thomond Park, Limerick on Saturday December 28th. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

World Rugby’s determination to lower the tackle height through a series of law changes over the past few years is undoubtedly a welcome initiative. Th(...)

Connacht’s Conor Fitzgerald and Jack Carty will both start this weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland international Jack Carty is set to start at fullback for Connacht in their Heineken Champions Cup clash with Gloucester on Saturday (Kick-off:(...)

 Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani intercepts in the lead-up to his team’s second try in their win against Connacht at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht have it all to do and more when Gloucester travel to the Sportsground for Saturday’s return Champions Cup fixture. Having lost the opportuni(...)

Denis Buckley made 18 tackles during Connacht’s win over Montpellier, while playing the full 80 minutes. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht stay grounded Want to know what Connacht, now deeply ensconced in the Andy Friend era, are all about, then listen to the genial Australian. (...)

Caolin Blade cuts through the Montpellier cover to score a try for Connacht during the Challenge Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are one of the richest entities in world rugby. The one blessing for Connacht’s money-crunchers this week is that the laundry bill will be (...)

Bundee Aki celebrates after Tom McCartney crosses for Connacht against Montpellier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 23 Montpellier 20 In the opening seconds of this Champions Cup game, Paul Willemse trundled up to Paul Boyle and hit him with a cheap, casua(...)

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