Nigel Carolan

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Roain Ntamack: there is an often heard expression ‘you can’t coach that’ but a good coach can facilitate it. Look at the example of French outhalf  Ntamack and his decision to escape from his in-goal area in the autumn victory over New Zealand.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I recently had the pleasure of listening to my fellow Wexford man Billy Walsh speak about the transformation in Irish boxing during his time as nation(...)

Ireland’s Nick Timoney is tackled by Argentina’s   Nicolas Sanchez and Matias Moroni during the recent autumn international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a slow-burning player who took his time in getting there, Dubliner Nick Timoney has been showing those around Ravenhill Road he’s been worth the w(...)

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  head coach Andy Friend is very bullish about a squad which he believes can go to a new level. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby has major problems if last Friday’s game between Glasgow and Leinster in Scotstoun is any yardstick. Overlong games punctuated by regular recour(...)

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’(...)

Connacht have announced that Peter Wilkins will switch from defence to attack coach. File photograph: Inpho

Connacht have begun filling the impending voids by the departure of attack coach Nigel Carolan and forwards’ coach Jimmy Duffy with the announcement t(...)

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(...)

Centre Yoram Moefana, who played in the Autumn Nations Cup final against England, was a member of the French under-20s earlier this year. Photograph:  Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

The admiring tone that greeted the performance of a young French side beaten in extra-time in the Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham by Six Nation(...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Four years ago in their opening match of the Under-20 World Championship in Manchester, Ireland conceded three tries in the first quarter and trailed (...)

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