Sam Arnold

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Connacht coach Andy Friend with Gavin Thornbury at the Sportsground, Galway. The   attitude of not to “die wondering” has firmly penetrated his squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

At some point in the future when the Irish coaching job comes up, I believe the IRFU would be amiss if they didn’t take a drive to Galway and have a c(...)

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’(...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell scores a crucial try against Connacht on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 10 Munster 16 Not pretty, but effective as always. Munster prevailed in a game that only came alive in the last five minutes to rubber-stamp(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend has been impressed with how his side have been preparing for the resumption of action. Photograph:  Inpho/Connacht Rugby

Unable to qualify for the Pro 14 semi-finals, Connacht are still intent on finishing this season with a flourish when facing Irish rivals Ulster and M(...)

Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe and Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue compete in the line out during the Champions Cup clash last weekend. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Cup: Saracens v Munster Kick-off: 3pm. Venue: Allianz Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On TV: Live on (...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Munster’s head coach Johann van Graan knows what’s at stake in this weekend’s Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In the aftermath of Exeter’s 34-12 bonus point win over a typically bad-tempered Castres to set up their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 decider against(...)

Castres’s Thibault Lassalle and Munster’s CJ Stander compete in a maul during the French side’s Champions Cup victory on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is not a dirty game insists Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. One of the names aired to replace Greg Feek after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Fogar(...)

Garry Ringrose offloads to Andrew Conway for one of his his threee tries during Ireland’s autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 57 USA 14 As with the first of their November quartet of games, Ireland bookended their autumnal programme with another commanding win over T(...)

Finlay Bealham has been selected to start against the USA. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In making 14 changes from the first Irish side to beat the All Blacks on home soil last week for tomorrow’s meeting with the USA, as expected Joe Schm(...)

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