Andy Friend

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Connacht’s Cian Prendergast in action against Benetton during the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup clash at the Stadio Comunale Monigo, Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton 20 Connacht 12 Connacht left Treviso chastened after a first defeat at the venue since 2016 as Kieran Crowley’s Benetton made it four Rainb(...)

Connacht’s Cian Prendergast in action during his team’s defeat against Benetton in Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton 20 Connacht 12 Benetton’s impressive Rainbow Cup form continued with a deserved victory over an underwhelming Connacht at Stadio Monigo in T(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki celebrates scoring the winning try late in the game against Benetton during the Guinness Pro 14 game at Stadio di Monigo in February. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton v Connacht, Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Saturday, 5.15pm Irish time – Live on Eir Sport 1, Premier Sports 1 Against all expectations when starti(...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend with Gavin Thornbury at the Sportsground, Galway. The   attitude of not to “die wondering” has firmly penetrated his squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

At some point in the future when the Irish coaching job comes up, I believe the IRFU would be amiss if they didn’t take a drive to Galway and have a c(...)

Quinn Roux is to leave Connacht in the summer after seven years with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have confirmed that their South African-born lock Quinn Roux is to leave the province this summer on foot of an anticipated move to Toulon. (...)

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan scores one of his three tries during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game against Connacht at the  Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht 21 Leinster 50 A “chaotic” start, but eight tries later Leinster departed the Sportsground having succeeded in applying some salve to their(...)

Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

Mack Hansen of the Brumbies is joining Connacht later in the summer. File photograph: Getty Images

Connacht have signed Irish-qualified Mack Hansen from the Brumbies in what Andy Friend has described as “a real coup” for the province. Hansen, whos(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend at Connacht Rugby squad training in the Sportsground, Galway on Monday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht look to address their lack of consistency this season when they head to Ravenhill to face familiar foes Ulster in the new Rainbow Cup. After(...)

Johaan van Graan’s Munster exited the Champions Cup at the last-16 stage. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster fly on wall needed Another rugby autobiography is needed. Honestly, this is not April fools. Specifically, a tome that lifts the rock on Muns(...)

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