Andy Friend

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Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune scores his sides first try despite the attentions of Tom Collins and George Furbank. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A facile 89-7 win for Leinster over Montpellier, eclipsing their biggest winning margin when beating Bourgoin 92-17 in 2004, along with Ulster’s more (...)

On Saturday afternoon Connacht seek to boldly go where no Connacht side has gone before. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

After the festive famine, the January feast. The Omicron variant ensured slim pickings over Christmas and the New Year but, touch wood, this weekend’s(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki has turned down some big offers from abroad to stay with the Irish province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht probably thought they struck gold when they first signed Bundee Aki in 2014, but in truth little did they know. It’s hard to credit, but desp(...)

Andy Friend: ‘We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it means nothing if we do not perform well, and hopefully pick up that win.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht v Leicester Tigers, Sportsground Galway, Saturday, 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport 2) Connacht have unfinished business when Leicester Tigers make (...)

Winger Mack Hansen will miss Connacht’s Heineken Champions Cup game at home to Leicester on Saturday with a calf injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Mack Hansen’s Heineken Champions Cup debut has been delayed again through injury. Connacht’s leading try scorer this season, who was ruled out of thei(...)

Connacht celebrate Bundee Aki’s match-winning score against Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After Connacht were controversially beaten 20-18 by Munster at Thomond Park in mid-October, they looked pretty much cut adrift in the Irish pool of th(...)

Bundee Aki scores Connacht’s try againast Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 10 Munster 8 The New Year honours went Connacht’s way at the Galway Sportsground as they ground out a deserved win over visitors Munster. I(...)

Flanker Alex Kendellen will make his first start for Munster in Saturday evening’s URC game against Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht v Munster, Sportsground, Saturday, 5.15pm – Live TG4 & Premier Sports 1 Doubtlessly Connacht will endeavour to feed off their record of (...)

John Cooney: he’s been back to his best for Ulster in recent times and the way he plays the game should be tailor-made for Farrell’s blueprint with Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I’m sure Robert Burns may have smiled had he lived to see the world we live in today. His observation about ‘the best laid plans of mice and men’ an a(...)

Luke McGrath in training at Donnybrook for Leinster’s weekend URC  clash against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridanin/Inpho

While Leinster continue to prepare for their game against Ulster in the United Rugby Championship at the weekend, they are hoping the organisers of th(...)

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