Andy Friend

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Andy Friend firmly believes that his Connacht side belongs in Europe’s top competition. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No better preparation for Connacht than losing to Leinster as they head into Heineken Champions Cup rugby. Connacht coach Andy Friend says their URC (...)

The Grenfell United campaigning organisation have written to Ulster asking them to sever ties with their title sponsor Kingspan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s not often I agree with Michael Gove, well never really. Even still, it’s hard to argue with the UK’s secretary of state for levelling up after he(...)

Dan Sheehan on his way to scoring Leinster’s third try during the United Rugby Championship match at the  RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 47 Connacht 19 Leinster don’t do two defeats in a row at the RDS, least of all within a week, and the odds always were that the wounded four(...)

James Hume’s performance against fellow Ireland squad members was particularly impressive. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems a rugby lifetime ago to the first five rounds of the United Rugby Championship (URC) with the last game in that block taking place a week bef(...)

Jack Carty has noticec the Conacht and Ireland styles of play becoming more similar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Carty has a point to prove when Connacht return to URC action on Friday night against the visiting Ospreys at the Galway Sportsground. Although (...)

Going into the fifth and final round of URC matches before the November international break the three Irish places for next season’s Heineken Champion(...)

Connacht’s Mack Hansen with fans after the win over Ulster in the United Rugby Championship match at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 36 Ulster 11 To put the scale of this result in context, this was Connacht’s second biggest win over Ulster in the history of the fixture an(...)

Connacht’s Paul Boyle and Conor Oliver celebrate after winning a penalty during the United Rugby Championship game against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andy Friend hailed a vital and vibrant Connacht performance which not only ended Ulster’s unbeaten start to the URC campaign but justified their decis(...)

Connacht’s Mack Hansen celebrates scoring a try against the Bulls. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It wasn’t a bad way to mark his home debut. Racing forward he leapt and caught a box kick just inside his own ten metre line above two Bulls chasers. (...)

Connacht senior coach Peter Wilkins fell out of love for the game for six years in his 20s after failing to make it as a player. Photograph:  Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

He’d dreamed of a career in professional rugby, both as a player and maybe then a coach. But the disappointment of realising that he wasn’t going to m(...)

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