Connacht play at the Galway Sportsground. They have reached three European Challenge Cup semi-finals, most recently in 2010. After finishing tenth in the Pro12 in 2014-15, they were crowned champions in 2015-16, beating Leinster in the final 20-10 – the club’s first major trophy.

European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 4, Kingston Park, Newcastle, England 20/12/2015
Newcastle Falcons vs Connacht
ConnachtÕs Conan O'Donnell takes to the field 
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

How did you get into rugby? My first sport was Gaelic football, which I started when I was three or four, with St Mary’s. I played until U18s and we…

Powering on: Cillian Gallagher on the attack v Wales at the U20 World Cup.  (Photo: Getty Images)

When did you start playing rugby? In my first year of secondary school, at Summerhill College in Sligo, when I was 13. I joined Sligo rugby club after that as…

Green machine: Ciaran Gaffney on his way to a try. (Photo: Inpho)

When did you start playing rugby? My dad, John, is a coach at Galwegians and I used to go to training with him every Saturday. He convinced me to join…

An unusual warm-up: Connacht's bench during the match in Krasnoyarsk. (Photo: Inpho)

The Saints Hot stuff in the cold Connacht deserve absolutely all the plaudits in the world for playing through temperatures of around -20 celcius and managing to beat Enisei STM…

Tom McCartney

TOM McCARTNEY swapped New Zealand for Ireland last year when he joined Connacht, but before he left Auckland his team-mates put together a tribute video. The hooker’s nickname is ‘Freak’…

Something to shout about: Ashley Johnson celebrates after scoring his try

The Saints The Bee team Having seen reigning champions Northampton cruise past 50 points against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership’s opening match, Wasps might have been a tad nervous about…