Andy Friend

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Caolin Blade was capped for Ireland during the summer. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht welcome the return of scrumhalf Caolin Blade and new recruit Leva Fifita ahead of their first URC home match at the Sportsground on Friday ev(...)

Cardiff’s Jarrod Evans competes in the air with John Porch of Connacht during the United Rugby Championship game at Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Cardiff 33 Connacht 21 It was a case of opening day blues for Connacht as Cardiff Arms Park remains an unhappy hunting ground for the Irish province.(...)

Mack Hansen will start on the left wing for Connacht in their United Rugby Championship opener away to Cardiff Blues. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cardiff Blues v Connacht, Cardiff Arms Park, Friday, 7.35pm – Live on TG4 Connacht’s new game style is set for its first competitive test in the Unit(...)

Abraham Papali’i: the 28-year-old Aucklander’s ball-carrying could prove a potent weapon for Connacht. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Prospects Realistically, this looks like being a tough season for Connacht. In addition to a radical overhaul of the coaching ticket, Andy Friend ha(...)

Connacht are set to meet Ulster at the Aviva Stadium on October 23rd. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht’s home game against Ulster on Saturday October 23rd has been moved to the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 5.15pm) and will be allowed to host a capac(...)

Andrew Porter carries for Leinster against Montpellier last December. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

While familiarity has long since taken some of the shine off the competition, the draw for the 2021-22 Champions Cup, which was made on Wednesday in L(...)

Tom Daly at Connacht Rugby squad training in the  Sportsground, Galway on June 1st. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The route may have been circuitous by comparison with a more conventional rugby pathway, but Tom Daly certainly won’t grumble as he stands on the thre(...)

James Humphreys of Ireland at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/©Inpho

Stuart Lancaster, Gregor Townsend, Trevor Brennan, David Humphreys, Émile Ntamack, Bryan Redpath, and Zinzan Brooke are just some of the famous former(...)

Gavin Coombes has been named as Munster’s men’s player of the year in a season in which he  scored 15 tries in 22 appearances. Photograph: Luca Sighinolfi/Inpho

Gavin Coombes has been named Munster men’s player of the year for 2020/21, thereby becoming the youngest winner of the award at the age of 23. This f(...)

Ulster have pulled out of a deal for former Racing 92 forward Leone Nakarawa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The timing of Ulster’s decision to call off their proposed signing of Leone Nakarawa is likely to make it difficult for the province to find a replace(...)

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