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Niall Scannell will make his starting debut for Munster against Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Outhalf JJ Hanrahan is the only Munster player retained in the starting XV from last weekend’s victory over Scarlets for Friday night’s interprovincia(...)

 Denis Buckley and Gurthro Steenkamp of Toulouse. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

The suspicions always lurked that the real Toulouse might turn up and that, as a result, this was not the ideal week for a virus to sweep through Conn(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and head coach Pat Lam share a joke during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam is hopeful that his players will be back firing on all cylinders tomorrow evening (6pm) as they welcome a Toulouse side hell bent on revenge t(...)

Dave McSharry: returns to the Connacht line-up for   a first start in ten months.

Pat Lam might legitimately wonder when he’s due a change in fortune but he might also concede that Connacht need to be more creative in their patterns(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam is struggling with an escalation of injury problems. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Sport has an uncanny knack of reuniting people. On Friday night at the RDS Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan shifted to inside centre for the last nine min(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip celebrates as the referee awards a late penalty try against Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER 16 CONNACHT 13Allowing for the League’s inflated attendances, 15,000-plus people paid to watch proceedings, our national broadcasters beamed (...)

 Ian Madigan and Shane Jennings in training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to freshen up the team for tomorrow’s visit of Connacht to the RDS (6.45) for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash.Luke F(...)

 George Naoupu stretches for the line to score his side’s opening try against Zebre at the Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Zebre 6 Connacht 33Head coach Pat Lam is hoping Connacht are coming into form at just the right time. Having negotiated a tricky assignment to preserv(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s play today against Zebre at 13 could have ramifications for Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In stark contrast in particular to Leinster, when Connacht are hit by a wave of injuries it quickly becomes a crisis. It’s a numbers thing. And it is (...)

Ruan Pienaar. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Mark Anscombe has made two changes to the Ulster side for their Heineken Cup clash with Montpellier tomorrow (3.40). Ruan Pienaar, who came on as a re(...)

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