Andy Friend

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Connacht backs coach Nigel Carolan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having escaped the harshest of new Covid-19 measures, Connacht were back at the Galway Sportsground on Tuesday preparing for a charter flight to Wales(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

Niall Scannell takes a lineout throw during the “A” Interprovincial at Thomond Park in Limerick between Munster A and Connacht Eagles. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The four Irish provinces have enjoyed contrasting preparation for the start of the Pro14 tournament at the weekend. Munster and Connacht used what wer(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend: ‘We have the talent to improve, so it’s 100 per cent a mental thing.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht Rugby has set its seasonal goal as a top-two finish in its Guinness Pro14 Conference, which coach Andy Friend says will require a 90 per cent(...)

Connacht’s Abraham Papali’i is shown a red card by referee Frank Murphy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 49 Connacht 12 Far from the madding crowd the empty Aviva still produced some serious acts of craziness. Three yellow and two red cards in th(...)

The high quality match that Munster and Leinster produced last week was the product of a much deeper motivation than fans cheering. Photograph: Inpho

Empty rugby stadiums are cold and melancholic structures. Without people, arenas such as Eden Park, Twickenham, Ellis Park and Lansdowne Road are(...)

Tadhg Beirne returns from injury to partner Fineen Wycherley in the Munster  secondrow for the game against Connacht on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster v Connacht, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 3.0 – Live on Eir Sport, deferred coverage on TG4 Munster will require a couple of points from Sunday’s ga(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout ball in their Guinness Pro14 match against Leinster at  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Relying on bare statistics to inform any post-match analysis generally doesn’t convey the full picture and can, at times, be slightly misleading or la(...)

Quinn Roux is set to return to the Connacht fold against Munster this weekend. Photograph: Connacht/Inpho

Connacht coach Andy Friend is sticking to his plan to name a different starting XV for Sunday’s Pro14 fixture against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. A(...)

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