Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

All-Black great Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. Photo: Martin Hayhow/PA Wire

It’s actually hard to quantify just how big Jonah Lomu was. When he trampled through an array of English backs for one of four tries in the quarter-fi(...)

“It hits home a bit more when you have lived there for a few years,” said Jonathan Sexton on the Paris terror attacks. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As bulk suppliers toward Ireland’s World Cup campaign, with 18 players having been part of that intense four-month programme of pre-season, warm-up (...)

The Leinster squad during training on Tuesday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ben Te’o (glute), Luke Fitzgerald (shoulder) and Rhys Ruddock (wrist) all took part in training with Leinster in their UCD base on Tuesday afternoon a(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Zane Kirchner with Bradley Davies and Jake Cooper-Woolley of Wasps during the Champions Cup clash at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Viewed in the context of the images from Paris over the weekend, the postponement of a few rugby matches and some ensuing fixture congestion in the Eu(...)

Ireland last took on New Zealand in November 2013. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Irish rugby team is to break new ground by playing New Zealand in Chicago next November, with a return fixture against the back-to-back World Cup (...)

Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Guilhem Guirado tackle Rob Kearney of Leinster in last year’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final. Toulon are second favourites to win their fourth Cup in a row. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For better or for worse, the European Champions Cup is upon us again. The hangover in European rugby still lingers after the World Cup amid general ru(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup following his side’s victory over Australia in the World Cup final at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

That was the 2015 World Cup that was, and by any yardstick, it was the best so far. Record tickets, record television audiences, the revenue target of(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but t(...)

Kieran Read and his captain Richie McCaw raise the William Webb Ellis trophy into the air at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Back-to-back World Cups with perhaps the greatest team of all time. How to follow that, especially on foot of five of the great All Blacks individu(...)