Andy Friend

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Connacht senior coach Peter Wilkins fell out of love for the game for six years in his 20s after failing to make it as a player. Photograph:  Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

He’d dreamed of a career in professional rugby, both as a player and maybe then a coach. But the disappointment of realising that he wasn’t going to m(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend at squad training at The Sportsground, Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To put the importance of the interpro derbies into context, had Connacht beaten Munster at Thomond Park last Saturday they’d have moved to within seve(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend says communication with the league is normally good. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Friend has yet to be contacted by the United Rugby Championship organisers in light of his comments about the match officials in Connacht’s 20-18(...)

Peter O’Mahony claims a high ball during Munster’s win over Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 20 Connacht 18 The advent of the South African sides has added another dimension to the revamped URC and will in time enhance the competition(...)

It remains uncertain if Conor Murray will play for Munster again before Ireland’s November test window. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Johann van Graan was somewhat less than adamant that Conor Murray will make his seasonal re-appearance in their United Rugby Championship (URC) fifth (...)

Luke Carty with his former Connacht team mate Paul Boyle after the summer test between USA and Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In the 72nd minute of the Major League Rugby final back in August, Luke Carty stepped up from the bench, took to the field and played his part in clai(...)

Dragons’ Jonah Holmes celebrates scoring a try against Connacht. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht 22 Dragons 35 Connacht, needing to make a home run count, were beaten by a physically superior Dragons team at the Galway Sportsground on S(...)

Ben O’Donnell starts on the wing for Connacht against the Dragons at The Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Matthew Burke, Paul Boyle and Ben O’Donnell have been drafted into the starting XV for Saturday’s URC meeting with the Dragons at The Sportsground (ki(...)

Andy Friend: ‘We’re proud of what we’re doing here, there’s opportunity for people to come down here, but certainly I don’t think it should be seen as a B-grade option for players.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s ability to secure a win over the Dragons this weekend is much more than about points on the URC table, but an opportunity to change percept(...)

Leinster’s Andrew Porter celebrates scoring the second try of the game against Vodacom Bulls with Ross Molony. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Last weekend’s rugby was like catching up with old friends. Familiar faces back at familiar places. Landsdowne Road, Thomond Park and Ravenhill were a(...)

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