Finlay Bealham

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  Pat Lam: “You’ve got a pretty good attacking team versus a quality defensive team. I said it before the last time we played them. The weather forecast is great, but the biggest thing is around making sure that you make the most of the day. You can’t come off with regrets.”

On the eve of the first final in the province’s 131 year history, Pat Lam has declared no fresh injury concerns arising out of their semi-final win ov(...)

Jack McGrath  tries to make headway during  April’s defeat to Ulster in Belfast. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack McGrath cherishes nights like the one Leinster enjoyed at the RDS last Friday. They represent a reward for the months of toil on the training pad(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon raises his arm in celebration as winger Niyi Adeolokun runs in for a try at the Sportsground in the province’s Pro12 playoff against Glasgow. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 16 Glasgow Warriors 11 This was a helluva way to sign off what has been a helluva season at the Sportsground. A 14th win in 15 competitive m(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun goes clear to score a try. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 16 Glasgow 11 They’ve never had it so good, but now they could have it even better next Saturday. Connacht tore up the history book and all (...)

Connacht face the biggest game in their history against Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Lam has made just one change to his side for Saturday’s Pro 12 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground. Last time out Connacht (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki celebrate scoring his sides first try with Jake Heenan and Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Glasgow Warriors 7 Further proof, perhaps the most compelling yet in this wonderful, ground-breaking season, that Connacht have turned t(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki: among nine players Pat Lam has brought back in to the side for the crucial meeting with Gregor Townsend’s in-form Glasgow at the sold-out Sportsground. Photograph: James crombie/Inpho.

And so it has all gone down to the wire. They might not quite have everything to play for, but each of the Irish provinces has something on the line i(...)

Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht side for Saturday’s key Glasgow fixture. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht welcome back star trio Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki and Matt Healy for Saturday’s crunch Pro 12 fixture against league leaders Glasgow Warrior(...)

Connacht’s Jake Heenan in action during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo in Italy. Photograph:  Alfio Guarise/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 22 Connacht 21 In a season of highs for Connacht, this was certainly one of the lowest. The desperation and pride of Treviso to hold(...)

 Finlay Bealham is tackled by Munster duo Billy Holland and Donnacha Ryan –  the Connacht man’s  technique around the breakdown was magnificent.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As soon as the final whistle blew I left the Sportsground. I collected my car at The Connacht Hotel and off to Dublin I went to catch a long haul plan(...)

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