Leicester  director of rugby Richard Cockerill: “I would much rather not play like Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle and just score one more than the others.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Richard Cockerill, the director of rugby who has seen Leicester through a variety of different playing styles over the years, makes no apology for th(...)

‘I’ve got to stick to my strengths, but also I’m trying to add that kicking game in there as well.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi believes Leicester coach Aaron Mauger can help him command the full arsenal of skills to thrive at inside centre. England boss Eddie Jon(...)

Former All Black centre Aaron Mauger, who became Leicester Tigers head coach last summer. Photograph: David Rogers/Inpho

In July 2012 a wise man journeyed to Cork, and Limerick, with the gift of Canterbury Crusaders rugby. This, the most successful blueprint for success (...)

Anthony Foley: “You know, 7:45 on a Saturday evening in Thomond Park is normally a very good time to play a game.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster’s rich history in the European Cup is generously dotted with examples of them not performing in the league on the previous weekends before ra(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw with France’s Thierry Dusautoir. “If there wasn’t a certain Richie McCaw running around during the same period, Dusautoir would be seen as the dominant guy who has played rugby in that position over a long period,” says New Zealand coach Steve Hansen

A confession: in 2007, embittered after being denied the chance to cover a World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff, I checked out from faux reality to e(...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

Munster’s new signing Tyler Bleyendaal.

Munster have announced the signing of Canterbury and Crusaders pivot Tyler Bleyendaal on a three year contract. The 23-year-old will join the Irish p(...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)