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Connacht head coach Andy Friend: “Ulster are off the back of a performance we know they will be upset about, and they are going out to right that wrong.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is a 58-year hoodoo, but it is not to be mentioned at the Galway Sportsground this week. One has to go back to 1960 to find Connacht’s last win in(...)

Ultan Dillane and Finlay Bealham both start for Connacht on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo native Dave Heffernan will captain a strong looking Connacht XV as they host Pro14 champions Leinster in the first interpro of the season at the (...)

Robin Copeland starts for Connacht on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland is set to make his Connacht debut as Andy Friend’s side take on Scarlets in the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon. The backrow’s inc(...)

Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion during Connacht training at the Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kieran Marmion is set to make his first start of the Pro14 campaign as Connacht take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday. The game also marks the(...)

Quinn Roux is one of four changes to the Connacht team. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht have been boosted by the injury return of Sean O’Brien and Gavin Thornbury for the visit of Zebre to the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon ((...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend: More by coincidence than design, he has never managed to stay longer than three years in one job. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Back in 1993, after a promising playing career in rugby had been cut short by a knee injury, Andy Friend was working as an instructor with Outward Bou(...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin is tackled by Charlie Matthers and Ambrose Curtis of Wasps in a pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Australian international Kyle Godwin is ready to embrace the challenge of playing rugby in the northern hemisphere and says it was thanks to former co(...)

Guinness Pro14 champions Leinster’s first home game is  against the Dragons on Saturday, September 15th. Photograph: Billy  Stickland/Inpho

Leinster will begin the defence of the Guinness Pro14 title against the Cardiff Blues on Friday, August 31st. The champions will take the field in a (...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

Kieran Keane’s Connacht departure has been confirmed. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht and the IRFU have confirmed that Kieran Keane will depart the province “with immediate effect”. Following Friday morning’s announcement, Con(...)

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