Andy Friend

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Bundee Aki races clear to score Connacht’s third try in Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 15 Connacht 22 It finally happened. Connacht did what many felt was beyond them by finally ending the 58-year hoodoo of not winning in Belfast(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend: “Ulster are off the back of a performance we know they will be upset about, and they are going out to right that wrong.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is a 58-year hoodoo, but it is not to be mentioned at the Galway Sportsground this week. One has to go back to 1960 to find Connacht’s last win in(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin scores his side’s second try despite the efforts of Connacht’s Paul Boyle and Kieran Marmion at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just before kick-off on Saturday night, Leo Cullen made his way up through the Clan terrace to take his place in the coaches’ box. He cut a distinctiv(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin celebrates scoring his side’s second try during the  Guinness Pro 14 game against Connacht at  The Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 3 Leinster 20 So the Muldoon Prerogative has been settled. Stung by the perceived insolence of the Connacht legend’s career-closing conversi(...)

Ultan Dillane and Finlay Bealham both start for Connacht on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo native Dave Heffernan will captain a strong looking Connacht XV as they host Pro14 champions Leinster in the first interpro of the season at the (...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend said Leinster “are the side you want to be playing against and coaching against too because it brings the best out of you”. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

When the Connacht hierarchy decided to dispense with the services of Kieran Keane, after just one season as head coach, it looked a little hasty. It a(...)

Connacht left wing  Matt Healy: he has playing every minute of the team’s four matches this season

The careful husbandry of playing minutes within the four Irish provincial squads is a staple of the Irish player-management programme, one that has dr(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade, Quinn Roux and Jack Carty celebrate with try-scorer Niyi Adeolokun during the game against Scarlets at the Showground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 33 Scarlets 20 Connacht shot up the Pro14 conference A table after a significant home win against Scarlets, but nothing comes easy for Andy (...)

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland will make his Connacht debut, Tom Farrell has recovered from illness, Bundee Aki makes his first start of the season alongside him in m(...)

Robin Copeland starts for Connacht on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland is set to make his Connacht debut as Andy Friend’s side take on Scarlets in the Sportsground on Saturday afternoon. The backrow’s inc(...)

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