Andy Friend

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Andy Friend: ‘We’re proud of what we’re doing here, there’s opportunity for people to come down here, but certainly I don’t think it should be seen as a B-grade option for players.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s ability to secure a win over the Dragons this weekend is much more than about points on the URC table, but an opportunity to change percept(...)

Leinster’s Andrew Porter celebrates scoring the second try of the game against Vodacom Bulls with Ross Molony. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

Last weekend’s rugby was like catching up with old friends. Familiar faces back at familiar places. Landsdowne Road, Thomond Park and Ravenhill were a(...)

Connacht’s Tom Daly scores a late try at the Sportsground. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht 34 Vodacom Bulls 7 Connacht secured a decisive and well merited victory in their opening home fixture of the new United Rugby Championship a(...)

Blue Bulls’ Marcell Coetzee against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in the United Rugby Championship. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht v Bulls, Sportsground, 7.35pm (live on TG4, Premier Sports 1) The match in Galway represents a clash of two teams looking to put aside the d(...)

Simon Zebo’s second try against Sharks was a thing of beauty. Stephen Larkham has been busy in pre-season judging by what was on offer in terms of the patterns. They boast all the qualities required to hunt down silverware.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“The first day, an interesting day. You leave in April cynical, a bit disillusioned. Now you are really happy when you come back. People are always ha(...)

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(...)

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