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Sunday 1 October 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# West's awake

This year
Andy Friend will be missed in Connacht after an impressive final season
Connacht take on the Stormers in the URC semi-finals this weekend.
'The likes of Jack Carty know what it means to play for Connacht'
The western province have a small budget but are in the URC semi-finals.
'I don’t think many people gave us a chance but we were confident'
Andy Friend and Jack Carty believe Connacht can be better in next weekend’s semi-final.
Last year
Mayo edge out Kingdom to book spot in all-Connacht championship decider
Kerry monopolised possession in Tullamore but struggled to make it count on the scoreboard.
All time
Dolan posts 0-6 as Galway hold nerve against Cork to end thriller as All-Ireland champions
Croke Park hosted the senior showpiece.
Blade returns for Connacht as Friend's men take on Benetton in Galway
The westerners have been unfortunate with postponements so far this season.
Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp
Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.
'He's got a bright future... He's from an area that's not known for its rugby'
Connemara man Colm de Buitléar was one of three players to make their Connacht debuts against Bordeaux.
New Connacht 10 eager for a taste of a packed Sportsground
Australian Andrew Deegan has found his feet already on Irish soil, as Connacht clash with Cardiff Blues tomorrow
Huge boost for Connacht ahead of Wasps clash as they ease past Treviso
The Westerners were too strong for the Italian side, as they won 47-8.
Galway and Connacht champions hoping to put 'the cherry on top' of an incredible year
Niamh Duggan’s Annaghdown are in bonus territory, but determined to take home the intermediate All-Ireland title on Sunday.
'Heat blankets, survival kits, hot-water bottles and layers upon layers of clothes'
Take a trip back to Siberia with Connacht in this excerpt of John Fallon’s new book ‘Connacht – The Team That Refused To Die’.
How 'the team that refused to die' became the Connacht we love to watch today
Galway-based journalist John Fallon has written the book on the western province.
Home comfort at last for Connacht with defeat of Edinburgh
It was a lot better from Pat Lam’s side tonight.
'These are the moments I really enjoy, I know it's funny' - Pat Lam
The Connacht head coach insisted his squad have full belief in their culture and systems.
Connacht's rise continues under Lam as elusive silverware comes into view
The western province’s head coach believes long-term foundations are being put in place.
Connacht's in-form Matt Healy called into Ireland training squad
Second row Quinn Roux was also at Carton House this week.
'It's credit to how Connacht have played' - Ireland benefit from the Lam effect
Five Connacht men were on the pitch for Ireland at the same time on Saturday.
'Being part of Connacht is amazing at the moment' - Kerins looking up
Ireland U20s scrum-half Stephen Kerins is part of the latest crop of promising Sligo players.
Pat Lam's Connacht notch another win in Galway as Brive are banished
Rory Parata, Ben Marshall and Kieran Marmion all scored tries but there was no bonus point.
5 key considerations for a divided Mayo
As Connelly and Holmes decide whether to stay or go, Mayo face an uncertain future.
Jake Keegan hits a hat-trick as Galway see off Longford
The westerners got back to winning ways today.
McCartney keen to prove himself Connacht's vital Kiwi connection
The 29-year-old hooker is already learning from the coaching of Pat Lam and Dan McFarland.
Henshaw set for Connacht return in sold-out New Year's Day Munster tie
On-loan lock Quinn Roux and dynamic back row Eoin McKeon are also back in the selection mix.
Football silverware and track gold - Leitrim's 2014 sporting highlights
Leitrim U21 footballer Feilim McHugh is a firm favourite thanks to his driving test antics.
Henshaw set to return but Connacht have underlined their new depth
The likes of Caolin Blade have given Pat Lam some welcome selection headaches for the coming weeks.
Galway rout Students to secure top-flight status next term
There’s a nice looking geographical spread to the Premier Division now.
Schmidt alert to Connacht's resurgance as five make Ireland group
Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion, Rodney Ah You, Nathan White and Darragh Leader have made the November squad.
Connacht v Cardiff Blues, Guinness Pro12
We were live from the Sportsground as Pat Lam’s men looked to earn their fourth win of the season.
'The whole place is different' - Connacht and Marmion maintain momentum
The 22-year-old scored a superb second-half try to help his side to the top of the Pro12.
5 pressing questions as Connacht head into Pat Lam's second season
Promising backs, forward’s consistency, Champions Cup qualification and high-profile signings are all addressed.
Here are the pools for the 2014/15 European Rugby Challenge Cup
Connacht have been drawn alongside Exeter, Bayonne and La Rochelle in the second-tier competition.
Big coup for Connacht as Bundee Aki signs on for three years
The 24-year-old has made a name with Waikato Chiefs.
In pics: Connacht get down and dirty for European tests
Pat Lam is getting his squad angry before Zebre come to visit.
Lam expecting 'angrier, hungrier' Toulouse to return to Sportsground
Plus, captain Gavin Duffy looks back on the 2011 visit of the Top 14 giants.
Connacht coach Pat Lam 'so proud' after thrilling Toulouse win
The New Zealander says he never lost faith after a string of Pro12 defeats.
Snapshot: You don't see the Liam MacCarthy on Shop Street every day
The Sam Maguire was last seen in a snug in Neachtain’s.
'We used to do weights training in a little shed' - O'Halloran on Connacht's rise
The Galwegian winger has seen a lot of positive changes in his seven years at the Sportsground.
Pro12: Connacht victory crucial for make-or-break month says Poolman
The westerners entertain Edinburgh in Glasgow this evening ahead of Heineken Cup matches against Biarritz.
O'Connell still a major doubt as Kidney calls up Connacht lock McCarthy
The Ireland squad to tour New Zealand has been finalised and now includes Chris Henry, Paul Marshall, Mike McCarthy and Ronan Loughney.