Andy Friend

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I do not like Munster. This is my politically correct opinion. Always liked the people, love the south west coast, but not the club. The only reason (...)

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(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Andy Watts/Inpho

Scarlets 41 Connacht 36 Connacht signed off their Guinness Pro 14 season with a loss to Scarlets, but with Champions Cup rugby achieved and a second (...)

Edinburgh celebrate their late winning try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 14 Edinburgh 15 Edinburgh gave themselves a much-needed Champions Cup lifeline when they snatched victory with an injury-time try at the Gal(...)

Cian Prendergast is in the Connacht team for this weekend’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Getty Images

With Champions Cup rugby already secured Connacht have opted for a much-changed squad to face Edinburgh at The Sportsground on Saturday night (kick-of(...)

Ultan Dillane and Finlay Bealham ara among 21 players to sign new contracts with Connacht. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland internationals Dave Heffernan, Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham and Jack Carty are among 21 players to have agreed contract extensions with Conna(...)

Craig Casey during Munster rugby squad training at UL in Limerick on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

MUNSTER v CONNACHT Thomond Park (7.35, live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports) A victory on Friday night will guarantee Munster a place in the Guinness P(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty is tackled by Fineen Wycherley and Tadhg Beirne of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Sportsground in January. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Any hopes of Connacht arresting Munster’s runaway lead of the Guinness Pro 14 conference B will be decided on Friday night in Thomond Park. Still nin(...)

Connacht’s Alex Wootton on his way to scoring a try. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 32 Cardiff 17 Connacht produced a winning performance at the Galway Sportsground to edge further ahead of their Welsh rivals Cardiff Blues a(...)

Jack Carty has returned to top form with Connacht this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Andy Friend has dismissed the idea that Leinster outhalf Harry Byrne should head to the Sportsground any time soon to further his rugby(...)

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