This week
26th March 2023 - 31st March 2023
# Back in action
Aki poised for first Connacht appearance since December
A training ground incident led to speculation about Aki’s future at Connacht, but he is available for this weekend’s clash with Benetton.
Kerry defeat Galway to seal top spot, Dublin too strong for Waterford
A round-up of round seven in the Lidl Ladies National Football League.
# The West's awake
Galway overcome Kerry to set up Division 1 final showdown with Mayo
Galway will face Mayo in next weekend’s Allianz Football League Division 1 final.
Galway-Mayo rivalry and Dublin aim to make amends: Allianz Football League talking points
Four huge games in store this weekend in Croke Park.
# Reaction
Graham Rowntree: 'I'm not going to sugar coat it. That wasn't us, we have to do better'
Munster head coach says if you ‘lose collisions both side of the ball, you’re going to lose the game’.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# now they're sucking diesel
Caolin Blade inspires Connacht to bonus-point win over Edinburgh in United Rugby Championship
The stand-in skipper was on fire as Andy Friend’s men made a huge push towards a URC playoff spot.
# now they're sucking diesel
Hat-trick hero Blade inspires Connacht to bonus-point win over Edinburgh
The stand-in skipper was on fire as Andy Friend’s men made a huge push towards a URC playoff spot.
Munster expecting a bounce from returning internationals
The province resume their URC campaign at Thomond Park on Saturday against Glasgow Warriors.
Last month
March 2023
# in control
Walsh returns as 14-man Galway overpower Monaghan
Johnny Heaney bagged 1-1 in a six-point win for the Tribesmen.
'I'm so proud of him' - Rowntree thrilled as Snyman finally makes his return
The World Cup winner got back on the pitch after his injury nightmare.
# Thriller
RG Snyman returns as Munster hold off astonishing Scarlets comeback
Graham Rowntree’s men held on for a fifth URC win in-a-row after a remarkable game.
# west is best
Province legend Muldoon could return to Connacht in coaching role
It is believed Connacht are anxious to bring Muldoon home as they prepare for a new era at the Sportsground, writes John Fallon.
This year
# stepping up
Patterson intends making the most of Murray and Casey absence
The 24-year-old also hailed the impact of former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast.
# Committed
'He is passionate about staying in Ireland' - No return to France for Irish-qualified Frisch
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree insists that their new signing will not be lured back to France.
# spring' in step
Munster confidence boost as 'world class' RG Snyman set for return
Coach Mike Prendergast buoyed by availability of 28-year-old Springbok star.
# succession plan
Connacht poised to announce new head coach
Andy Friend said he understood that an announcement on his successor is imminent.
# Hurling
Cork reaffirm credentials by notching up 4-24 to overpower Galway
The Rebels struck 2-3 without reply in six minutes after the break while defender Oisin Salmon was also sent off.
# Injury blow
Damien Comer stretchered off as Rossies continue perfect start with Galway scalp
Roscommon scored the final five points to snatch a dramatic win as Davy Burke’s dream start continues.
# Shot InThe Arm
Connacht boost URC knockout hopes with impressive bonus-point win
Jack Carty became Connacht’s all-time top points scorer in their victory over the Lions.
# Setback
'We picked the team which we thought was good enough to win' - Andy Friend defends selection
Connacht must now travel to Benetton for last 16 Challenge Cup match.
# Challenge Cup
Bealham hat-trick not enough to stop Connacht losing away to Newcastle
Connacht lost out by 14 points at Kingston Park.
# Bundee Jump
Friend backs Aki to shine in Six Nations despite limited game-time for Connacht
‘I reckon Bundee himself would understand his fitness needed to get better and that’s what we are focusing on. But he’s fine.’
# Out of favour
Connacht 'won’t harm' Aki's Ireland chances, but no guarantee he will play against Newcastle
Ireland centre has not had game-time for his province since the loss to Ulster just before Christmas.
# The Deck
Hansen could provide Ireland with full-back option for Six Nations
Connacht head coach says Hansen told him that full-back was his preferred option.
# Roots
Hansen gets fresh trim and settles into new Galway house as Six Nations looms
The Canberra native he is taking nothing for granted about making this year’s Irish squad.
# Up and Running
Niland grabs 0-17 as three-goal Galway make winning start to 2023
The Tribesmen had too much firepower in the end against a gutsy Westmeath.
# Back in business
Connacht get back on track with Sharks victory
The western province bounced back at home to the Sharks, following consecutive losses at the hands of Leinster and Ulster.
# Loss
Blow for Connacht as influential Hawkshaw ruled out until March
The former Leinster centre has undergone surgery on an ankle injury, with the projected recovery time six to eight weeks.
# Off the Mark
Finnerty's 2-7 helps All-Ireland finalists Galway book semi-final spot with 14-point win
Galway had five of their All-Ireland final team starting this evening.
# in the family
'They'll play a lot of games for this club' - Connacht's high hopes for Murray brothers
Niall and Darragh Murray have caught the eye when paired together in the Connacht second row.
# talismen
Big boost for Connacht with Irish internationals returning for Sharks clash
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen, and Finlay Bealham are all available again.
Last year
# renewed interest
Rowntree admits Munster could lose Ben Healy to Scotland
The 23-year-old qualifies to play for Scotland through his mother and is currently third in Munster’s out-half depth chart.
# Up In The Air
Porch could follow Friend out of Connacht at the end of the season
The 28-year-old says he hasn’t yet looked into the possibility of representing Ireland via residency rules.
# Injury Doubt
Connacht's Adam Byrne in race to be fit for Leinster clash
Winger nursing a foot injury ahead of meeting with his former side.
# Dan McFarland
'Will this be a pivotal moment? You can’t say that unless you start playing more consistent rugby'
The Ulster head coach said a draw with Connacht would have felt like a loss in the circumstances.
# The Late Late Show
Ulster survive remarkable Connacht comeback to end disastrous December
A 14-point lead after 78 minutes was whittled back in the dying moments as Connacht sprung to life in a dramatic finish.
# the frisch prince
'I'm not shying away from the fact that I came here with ambitions to try and play for Ireland'
Antoine Frisch is excited by the prospect of playing in his first Munster-Leinster interpro, a fixture he has followed since his youth.
# Treatment Table
Munster still have no firm date for World Cup winner Snyman's injury return
There were hopes that Snyman might finally get back on the pitch over the festive period.
# christmas cracker
'A huge game, you test yourself against the best' - Munster set for Leinster showdown
Mike Prendergast on the Christmas fixture between the provincial rivals.
# Injury Report
Thornbury and Boyle serious injury concerns as Connacht win comes at a price
Thornbury suffered a suspected dislocated kneecap, while Boyle injured his shoulder in win against Brive.
# Brivehearts
Connacht make it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup
Connacht defeated Brive by seven points this evening in the second game of their Challenge Cup pool.