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Abraham Papali’i: the 28-year-old Aucklander’s ball-carrying could prove a potent weapon for Connacht. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Prospects Realistically, this looks like being a tough season for Connacht. In addition to a radical overhaul of the coaching ticket, Andy Friend ha(...)

Connacht are set to meet Ulster at the Aviva Stadium on October 23rd. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht’s home game against Ulster on Saturday October 23rd has been moved to the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 5.15pm) and will be allowed to host a capac(...)

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’(...)

Jimmy Duffy will end his 25-year involvement with Connacht when he steps down as forwards coach at the end of the season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news that Jimmy Duffy is to leave Connacht at the end of the season in addition to Nigel Carolan means that the province will no longer have any o(...)

Nigel Carolan is to leave his role with Connacht in the summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nigel Carolan is to end his virtually unbroken 26-year association with Connacht by opting to step down as the backs coach of his native province at t(...)

Bundee Aki during Connacht’s training session at the Sportsground on Tuesday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht are hoping Bundee Aki will be fully fit for Sunday’s rescheduled Guinness Pro 14 fixture against Ospreys in the Sportsground. Aki, who has b(...)

 The Sportsground, Galway. Connacht Rugby have secured €20 million in grant funding for its redevelopment.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hats off to Connacht Rugby. Twenty million. My golly. Yes you read correctly. Twenty million. That’s €20,000,000 for development of the Sportsground. (...)

A CGI view of the redeveloped Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged an extra €10 million to Connacht Rugby to build a new stadium over and above the limits of a grant scheme from Mini(...)

Connacht’s David Heffernan gave a typically energetic display against  Gloucester at the Sportstground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

These are good days for Dave Heffernan. The late developing 28-year-old is becoming more and more established as Connacht’s first-choice hooker, and t(...)

A CGI view of the redevelopment Sportsground provided by Connacht Rugby.

Connacht Rugby has been granted full planning permission for the €30 million redevelopment of the Sportsground in Co Galway. The club said on Friday (...)

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