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.

Heroes: Tiernan O’Halloran, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun with the Pro12 trophy.

On 28 May, 2016, Connacht made history by becoming the Guinness Pro12 champions. At the beginning of the season they had been nobody’s favourites to lift the trophy, but the…

Rob Herring

By Alex Shaw Four proud provinces. That’s the mantra of Irish rugby and it certainly lived up to that billing this past weekend. There were a lot of premature European…

The Saints Silver service from the No 10s Harlequins outside-centre Alofa Alofa scored his first try for his new club in their 20-9 Aviva Premiership win over Northampton Saints and…

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…

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…

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…