Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth kicks clear during their Heineken Cup quarter-final at the  Stade FŽlix Mayol, Toulon.  “They put a lot of pressure on our set-piece. We didn’t really get front-foot ball. Photograph: Inpho

In stark contrast to his valedictory farewell to international rugby, this was not how Brian O’Driscoll would have envisaged ending his associa(...)

Bakkies Botha of Toulon will miss the Leinster game, as will Ali Williams. Photograph:  John Berry/Getty Images

Toulon will be without Ali Williams and Bakkies Botha for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30pm(...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

 France’s Nicolas Mas. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nicolas Mas stormed out of a press conference today as French unrest boiled over ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations title decider with Ireland (...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

In the months leading up to the beginning of a Six Nations championship, there is a mass of research, planning and preparation undertaken by every hea(...)

Jamie Heaslip in action for Leinster against Castres at the   Stade Pierre Antoine. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The possibility of Jamie Heaslip joining Toulon next season appears to be moving a step closer with the news that his agents are scheduled to meet wi(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor (right) and centre Gordon D’Arcy enjoy a lighter moment during yesterday’s Leinster Rugby press conference at UCD.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seán O’Brien may have played his last game for Leinster this season and thus, by extension, for seasons to come if his and his agent’s negotiations wi(...)

The Irish Times has learned that following the IRFU’s reduction of their original offer to extend his national contract, Jamie Heaslip is spending two days in France discussing terms.

Jamie Heaslip has become a serious flight risk from Leinster this summer with both Toulon and Montpellier circling.The Irish Times has learned that fo(...)

While French clubs like Toulon and Clermont are likely to be on board  a Heineken Cup next year  could well be without the English clubs. Photograph: Inpho.

As a further shot across the bows of the game’s long-established hierarchy, the announcement by the Anglo-French clubs’ axis of the so-called Rugby Ch(...)

Former All Black outhalf Andrew Mehrtens, right, with Ireland and Leinster out-half during the Irupa  Rugby Player Awards 2013. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It may appear as if Andrew Mehrtens vanished off the face of the earth but the legendary ex-All Blacks outhalf has actually spent the last six(...)

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