Nigel Carolan

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 Connacht academy manager Nigel Carolan, head coach Pat Lam, CEO Willie Ruane and domestic rugby manager Eric Elwood at the launch of the province’s strategy for 2016-2020 at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time was when Connacht were sneered at for their reliance on imports from the other provinces and abroad rather than developing from within, but not (...)

Connacht Rubgy Academy manager Nigel Carolan, head coach Pat Lam, chief executive Willie Ruane and domestic rugby manager Eric Elwood at the launch of Connacht Rugby Vision & Strategy 2016-2020 at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have not only arrived but quite clearly intend to stay. The province’s launch of their Vision & Strategy (2016-2020) document in the Aviv(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Stephen Kerins in action. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook, 7.35pm, Friday, RTÉ 2 The is symmetry between tonight’s protagonists: they share the same points total (four), numb(...)

James Ryan: inspirational captain led the successful comeback against England at Kingston Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The rugby narrative of the opening 40 minutes of Ireland’s most recent game in the Under-20 Six Nations against England at Kingston Park in Newcastle(...)

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale will make his first appearance for Ireland Under-20s this season in Friday’s Six Nations game  against Italy at Donnybrook. Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale will make his first appearance of the season for the Ireland Under-20s in Friday’s Six Nations Championship match against Italy at Don(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

Greg Jones: makes his debut at number eight for the Under 20s

Ireland will look to strip back their patterns in an attempt to utilise the quality in the team as they search for a first victory in this season’s U(...)

Dave McSharry with team mate Jack Carty, both players are now ruled out until next season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht’s Dave McSharry has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a number of concussions sustained over the past 12 months. The new(...)

Robbie Henshaw in action during the  Ireland open training session at Mullingar RFC. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw yesterday revealed that he agonised over his decision to leave Connacht for Leinster next season, thanking his current province for hi(...)

Ireland’s scrum-half Stephen Kerins under pressure during his side’s defeat to France. Photograph: AFP

France Under-20s 34 Ireland Under-20s 13 Ireland’s Under 20’s Six Nations title hopes look to have been lost in Narbonne after being outmuscled by (...)

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