Andy Friend camping out his back garden.

Andy Friend is taking a very philosophical approach to this whole lockdown business. He describes having time, for the first time in however long, as (...)

Andy Friend has named his Connacht  team for Sunday’s Pro14 match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish internationals Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan have both been included in Connacht’s squad to face the Southern Kings on Sunday in Port Elizabe(...)

Kieran Marmion returns from injury against Montpellier. Photgraph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Champions Cup Pool Five: Montpellier v Connacht, Sunday January 19th, GGL Stadium (kick-off 3.15pm, BT Sports) Connacht’s European journey might be o(...)

Andy Friend: “Not perfect, frustrating, a lot of errors . . .  but we have the five points and we’ll take it and make sure we are better next week.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Southern Kings 12 Preparations for this week’s defining back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures against Gloucester begin in earnest tomorrow (...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Munster’s Guinness  Stephen Archer and Jean Kleyn tackle Joe Maksymiw of Connacht during the Pro14 clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 27 Connacht 14 For Johann van Graan, the abiding lessons from his first half campaign as Munster’s head coach was the importance of earning h(...)

Dan Goggin in action against Saracens at the Ricoh Arena last week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pro14: Munster v Connacht Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: Thomond Park. On TV: Live on Eir Sport and Premier Sp(...)

Ireland lock Quinn Roux is not expected to feature for Connacht on Friday after a heavy Six Nations campaign. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The stakes are getting higher for Connacht as they head into Friday evening’s European quarter-final, and coach Andy Friend insists his side will cont(...)

Ultan Dillane starts for Connacht on Friday night. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht have been boosted by the return of Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion and Ultan Dillane for their Pro14 clash with Benetton at the Sportsground on Fr(...)

Tom Farrell and Stephen Fitzgerald with teammates at  Connacht’s squad training session at  Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crisbie/Inpho

Three points separate the combatants in Conference A so the implications are significant for the team that manages to eke out a victory in Galway. M(...)

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