Italy’s Sergio Parisse scores a try during against France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The most remarkable thing about Sergio Parisse is not what he can do during a game. What makes him, above all else, the greatest number eight in moder(...)

Danny Care has been selected ahead of Ben Youngs for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland. Photograph: Getty

England have selected Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland. Care has been pr(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock in action against Toulon. Ruddock has been in excellent form for the province in recent matches and is in the running to wear the Ireland number six jersey against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock used to be a self-proclaimed mummy’s boy when it came to rugby during his childhood, or to be more accurate when it came to showing alleg(...)

A dejected Ulster captain Rory Best leaving the pitch after Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup defeat by Saracens in London. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster’s defeat represented systemic failure, rooted far deeper then the obvious shortcomings in the set piece. The malaise that permeated one aspect (...)

Owen Farrell celebrates Duncan Taylor’s score during Saracens’ 33-17 win over Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Saracens 33 Ulster 17 Saracens secured a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup with a round of matches still to go following another hugely impress(...)

Jared Payne could return to Ulster for their Champions Cup trip to play Saracens. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Jared Payne looks set to return to competitive action this weekend for the first time since damaging his foot while playing for Ireland against Romani(...)

Eddie Jones has named his 33-man England squad for next month’s Six Nations. Photograph: PA

New England coach Eddie Jones has named his 33-man squad for next month’s Six Nations championship. Jones has selected seven uncapped players, includ(...)

Richard Wiggelworth dives to score during Saracens 45-10 win away at Oyonnax. Photograph: Afp

Wasps 23 Bath 25 George Ford kicked a match-winning conversion with the game’s final kick in front of watching England head coach Eddie Jones as Bath(...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster (centre), backs coach Andy Farrell (left) and forwards coach Graham Rowntree. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

England are being investigated for an alleged breach of protocol in communications with matchday officials during Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia(...)