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(...)

Jarrad Butler will lead Connacht against Cardiff. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Pro 14, Cardiff Blues v Connacht, Saturday January 26th, Arms Park (kick-off 5.15pm, TG4) Andy Friend has made 10 changes to his Connacht side for Sa(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin celebrates Andrew Porter’s crucial  late winning try against Connacht at the RDS.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 33 CONNACHT 29 Can a game be wonderful and cruel in equal measure? Even many Leinster supporters, none of whom lost belief in their team an(...)

Leinster players celebrate Andrew Porter’s winning try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 33 Connacht 29 On a perfect December night at a throbbing RDS, this was a stupendous comeback by Leinster, indeed the fightback of true cham(...)

Dan Leavy in action against Bath.  He is one of three players retained from last weekend’s Leinster team for the game against Connacht.   Photograph: David Davies/PA

Leinster v Connacht, RDS (7.45, live on TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sport) Connacht have administered two of the most painful defeats suffered by Leins(...)

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