Andy Friend

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Tom Farrell will partner new signing Kyle Goodwin against Glasgow. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

New coach Andy Friend will be hoping to halt a streak that Glasgow started two years ago. In 2016-’17 and 2017-’18 the Scottish side drew Connacht fir(...)

Jack Carty in action against Wasps during the pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone.  Photograph: James crombie/James Crombie

For Connacht, TG4 has dubbed September the month of champions. The 2016 title winners kick off their Pro14 campaign against the 2015 champions Glasgow(...)

Munster’s Arno Botha is tackled by Sam Simmonds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With nine internationals in the starting line up, Exeter Chiefs produced just enough to continue a pre-season winning streak in this hotly disputed cl(...)

Connacht’s Kyle Godwin is tackled by Charlie Matthers and Ambrose Curtis of Wasps in a pre-season friendly at Dubarry Park, Athlone last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Australian international Kyle Godwin is ready to embrace the challenge of playing rugby in the northern hemisphere and says it was thanks to former co(...)

Connacht’s James Connolly carries against Wasps. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 43 Wasps 10 Connacht Rugby will seek a third win on the trot this week to complete a positive pre season, but can expect to find former coac(...)

Robin Copeland is readying himself for his maiden season in Galway after leaving Munster for Connacht. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Framing Robin Copeland as John Muldoon’s replacement requires some focus. Different characters all together. One’s a naturally gifted number eig(...)

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

The memories remain vivid but professional sport permits but the briefest pause to enjoy success. Leinster’s record breaking double of Champions Cup a(...)

Connacht have signed   Melbourne Rebels backrow Colby Fainga’a. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Connacht have signed backrow Colby Fainga’a Australian Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels. The 27-year-old made his Super Rugby debut playing for(...)

Waikato’s Sevu Reece will join Connacht for the new season. Photograph: Marty Melville/Inpho

Connacht have announced the signing of winger Sevu Reece from Waikato in New Zealand. The 21-year-old, while playing much of his rugby on the wing, (...)

Andy Friend: The 49-year-old has had a varied career over the last 23 years as an assistant coach at Test level and head coach in Super Rugby, the English Premiership and in Japan. Photograph: Daniel Carson/Photosport/Inpho

Connacht have at least been able to move quickly in appointing a successor to Kieran Keane and, aside from his wealth of experience, the attraction in(...)

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