Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Keith Earls is tackled by England Saxons’ Sam Burgess during the match at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

It seems when rather than if he will make it to Stuart Lancaster’s England side. Players have come from league before Sam Burgess but few with the com(...)

Wasps’ James Haskell is no Vunipola but he does damage, partly because of his physique but mainly because of his attitude. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

‘I coulda’ been a contender,” laments Terry Malloy to his brother Charley ‘The Gent’. “Instead of a bum, which is what I am – let’s face it”. Marlon B(...)

 Brad Thorn of Leicester: returns to the side to face Scarlets at Welford Road. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Richard Cockerill accepts that Leicester have to chase a perfect 10 out of 10 in their quest for a European Champions Cup quarter-final place. The Tig(...)

Leicester’s  Brad Thorn scores his side’s  first try during their European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match against Toulon at Welford Road, Leicester, England. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Leicester 25 Toulon 21 Leicester came from behind to defeat the European Cup holders and remain in a group that could still go one of four way(...)

Imposing centre Stuart McCloskey with Ulster coach Neil Doak and Paul Marshall. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Pool 3: Leicester v Ulster Welford Road, Saturday 7.45pm, BT Sport Scroll down for the verdict but separating this pair demands cliché. Whoev(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In weeks like these players like Jamie Heaslip talk about their positions and hold them steady. No wavering. Wasps visit will test many parts of th(...)

Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill  looks on during his side’s 45-0 defeat to Bath in the Aviva Premiership clash at the Recreation Ground. “We are in this together and we will come out the other end.  Photo: David Rogers/Getty

Richard Cockerill never shied away from a challenge as a player, a mindset he maintained when he took over the position as head coach with the Leices(...)

Munster frontrow forward BJ Botha acknowledges the importance of Saturday’s game against rivals Leinster as the southern province has not enjoyed a good start to the season. Photograph: Inpho

BJ Botha compares it favourably to clashes between his old team the Sharks and their old foes the Bulls but akin to the advice Brad Thorn gave his Lei(...)

 Connacht  players Robbie Henshaw, former All Blacks ace  Mils Muliaina and Fionn Carr model  this season’s jersey, sponsored by   Life Style Sports. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Already the decision of Robbie Henshaw to remain in Connacht seems justified on a number of fronts, not least with the arrival of Mils Muliaina.Muliai(...)