Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

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’(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and Joey Carbery in training ahead of Friday night’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Inpho

Peter O’Mahony supplied an unusually bountiful sprinkle of crumbs in his contract acceptance speech on Thursday morning. “There’s a huge amount of re(...)

Connacht’s   Caolin Blade: set to play at  scrumhalf against Benetton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Benetton The Sportsground, 7.35pm - Live TG4, eir sport This rescheduled fixture might not quicken the pulse but it matters to Connacht(...)

Ian Madigan is in the Ulster squad for Sunday’s clash with Connacht. File photograph: Inpho

New signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan will start on the Ulster replacements bench for Sunday’s interprovincial derby against Connacht at the Avi(...)

Connacht hooker  Dave Heffernan scores a try despite the attempts of  Rey Lee-Lo of Cardiff Blues during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  The Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 29 Cardiff Blues 0 Connacht arrested a five-game losing run and marked their return to the Galway Sportsground with a key bonus-point winnin(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Robin Copeland of Connacht during their  Pro 14 match at the RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 Not four years ago these teams faced off in a Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht deservedly and joyously prevailed. On(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

 Connacht’s Sean O’Brien picked up an injury during his province’s significant defeat to Leinster at the  Sportsground. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht are anxiously waiting for positive news on the injury front ahead of their return to Champions Cup rugby, while coming to terms with their “r(...)

Devin Toner is in the Leinster team on Saturday evening. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ross Molony will captain Leinster against Benetton in their Pro14 opener on Saturday, and he’ll be partnered by Devin Toner in the secondrow (Kick-off(...)

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