Connacht play at the Sportsground. They have reached three European Challenge Cup semi-finals, most recently in 2010, but are yet to win a major trophy. They finished tenth in the Pro12 table last season.

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…

Two left feet: Gavin Duffy (centre) is not gifted in the dancing department

The Connacht full-back has an off-the-wall chat with Sarah Mockford RUGBY WORLD: First up, Gavin, do you have any nicknames? GAVIN DUFFY: Just boring ones like Gavlar. At Harlequins, Mel…

Beno Obano

THE ARRIVAL of Heineken Cup rugby at Connacht has brought a feel-good factor to the province this season, and the performances of Shane Layden, a 19-year-old academy back, have personified…